Bachir Aminuo, a passenger, who was arrested in procession with 656 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) debit cards, at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), has been remanded into police custody by an Accra Circuit Court.
Police investigation revealed that 656 ATM debit cards bearing different names, issued by eight Nigerian banks and one Ghanaian bank respectively were found on the suspect.
Aminuo, a Nigerien, charged with electronic trafficking and stealing, has pleaded not guilty.
The court presided over by Mrs Evelyn Asamoah remanded accused into lawful custody to reappear on October 11.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fuseini Yakubu opposed the grant of bail, saying Aminuo was a flight risk and he had no fixed place of abode.
He said considering the seriousness of the case, accused would not appear to stand trial when granted bail.
However, lawyer of accused prayed the court to admit his client to bail as he (client) had been in custody since September 12, 2021.
ASP Yakubu said Aminuo was arrested at KIA for possessing 656 ATM debit cards bearing different names.
The court heard that during interrogation, accused stated that the ATM cards were given to him by one Rabiu Suleiman, based in Kano state, Nigeria, to be given to Baffa Bawarije, a Nigerian based in Daira Night City Hotel, Dubai.
ASP Yakubu said preliminary investigations revealed that on September 12, this year, accused was arrested while boarding Ethiopia Airline E.T90 en route to Dubai.
Prosecution said when accused was searched, 656 ATM debit cards bearing different names, issued by eight Nigerian banks and one Ghanaian Bank respectively and $12,000, were found on him.
ASP Yakubu said accused first visited Ghana on April 29, this year, through Aflao boarder and departed to Dubai on May 26, this year.
“Accused second visit to Ghana was on August 20, this year, and was arrested on the day of his departure to Dubai,” prosecution told the court. – GNA