Yobe State Police Arrest Notorious ATM Card Swapper Defrauding Bank Customers


The Yobe State Police Command has made a significant arrest by apprehending a wanted fraudster, Justice Gibson, known for his criminal activities involving the swapping of Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards to defraud bank customers.

This arrest marks a significant breakthrough in combating financial fraud in the state.

Details of the Arrest:

Suspect Specializing in ATM Card Swap According to DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, the spokesperson of the Yobe State Police Command, Justice Gibson was captured for his involvement in the fraudulent practice of exchanging ATM cards belonging to unsuspecting bank customers.

He would cunningly steal cards from individuals at ATM galleries and then proceed to withdraw funds from their accounts.

Arrested in the Act:

State Intelligent Bureau Takes Action On September 27, 2023, the State Intelligent Bureau (SIB) successfully arrested Justice Gibson at the First Bank ATM gallery located along Gashua Road in Damaturu.

The suspect was apprehended in possession of various ATM cards from different banks, which he intended to use for swapping after defrauding innocent victims at ATM points.

Criminal Modus Operandi:

How the Fraudster Operated The statement released by the police described the modus operandi of the culprit.

He would lurk around ATM galleries, closely observing individuals who appeared to be having difficulties using the ATM.

In a deceptive move, he would volunteer to help these individuals, during which he would surreptitiously obtain their PINs.

Subsequently, he would swap their ATM cards, provide a pretext to leave for another ATM, and leave the victim with a fake ATM card.

He would then proceed to withdraw all the money from the victim’s account.

Police Commissioner’s Warning:

Vigilance at ATMs Encouraged In light of this arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Ahmad, issued a warning to the public, emphasizing the importance of vigilance when using ATMs.

He urged people to be cautious of such criminal elements operating at ATM galleries across the state.

The Yobe State Police Command remains committed to combating crimes of this nature and ensuring the safety of bank customers.


The arrest of Justice Gibson, a notorious ATM card swapper, represents a significant achievement in the fight against financial fraud in Yobe State.

This apprehension sends a clear message that the police are actively addressing criminal activities, particularly those targeting unsuspecting bank customers at ATM galleries.

The public is urged to exercise caution and vigilance when using ATMs to prevent falling victim to such scams.

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