An Accra Circuit Court has remanded a 42-year-old Nigerian who was nabbed with 656 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) debit cards.
The 656 ATM cards are linked to commercial banks in Ghana and Nigeria, according to a police investigation.
When Bachir Musa Aminou was first arraigned in court, he pled not guilty to two counts of electronic trafficking and stealing.
Despite an application by his lawyer Theophilus Donkor, the court presided over by Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah remanded the accused individual again.
His remand was in place to give the banks involved time to react to the prosecution’s claim against the accused person as part of ongoing investigations.
The defence lawyer argued that the accused is assumed innocent until proven guilty, as stated in the constitution, and should be released on bail.
However, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fuseini Yakubu, the prosecutor, is opposed to the issuance of bail to allow the investigation to proceed.
Prior to adjourning the case until November 17, the court ordered that the accused be taken for a medical examination after his lawyer expressed concern that he was ill.
Aminuo was arrested at KIA for possessing 656 ATM debit cards with different identities, according to the prosecution lead by ASP Yakubu.
The ATM cards were handed to him by one Rabiu Suleiman headquartered in Kano state, Nigeria, to be given to one Baffa Bawarije, a Nigerian living in Daira Night City Hotel in Dubai, according to the prosecution.
According to ASP Yakubu, preliminary investigations indicated that the accused was apprehended on September 12 this year while onboard Ethiopian Airlines E.T90 en way to Dubai.
According to the prosecution, 656 ATM debit cards carrying various names were issued by eight Nigerian banks and one Ghanaian bank when the accused was searched.
According to the prosecution, the accused had $12,000 on him.
Further investigations, according to ASP Yakubu, revealed that the accused arrived in Ghana on April 29, 2018, via the Aflao border, and departed for Dubai on May 26, 2018.
“The accused’s second visit to Ghana occurred on August 20, this year, and he was arrested the day before he left for Dubai,” the prosecution informed the court.