Police arrest two phone thieves for diverting N1.4m from Jigawa businessman's account

Police arrest two phone thieves for diverting N1.4m from Jigawa businessman's account
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Jigawa police authorities have arrested two suspected over allegedly transferring N1.456 million from the Subscriber Identification Module card of a resident of Fatara Housing Estate, Muhammad Abdu.

Police Public Relations Office in the state, ASP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the arrest during an interview with reporters in Dutse on Tuesday.

Shiisu said that the suspects were arrested after they allegedly stole the SIM card belonging Abdu on October 18.

He said that after stealing the SIM card, the suspects allegedly stole the sum of N1.456 million from the victim’s account through transfers.

“On Oct. 20, at about 1200hrs, a complaint was received from one Mohammad Abdu Mago of Fatara Estate Kiyawa LGA, that on October 18, at about 0630hrs, after he returned from mosque, he discovered that his MTN SIM card was stolen by unknown person(s).

“The complainant eventually started receiving debit alerts up to the sum of 1.456 million,” he said.

The PPRO said that in the course of investigation, a tracking result indicated that the SIM card in question was used in a Techno mobile phone.

According to him, the International Mobile Equipment Identity number of the phone and name of the suspected owner were all captured.

“In view of this development, two suspects, aged 24 and 25, and of same address with the complainant, were arrested for interrogation,” the PPRO said.

Shiisu said that the case was still under investigation after which the suspects would be charged to court.

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