The National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) has arrested one Bachir Musa Aminou with 656 ATM cards connected to nine banks operating in Ghana and Nigeria.
The 42-year-old, who claims to be a Nigerian and holds a Nigerien passport, concealed the cards in a black plastic bag containing kola nuts bound for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
He was busted at the Kotoka International Airport on September 12, 2021 when he was going through departure formalities en route to Dubai.
He arrived in Ghana on August 20, 2021 on transit to Dubai.
The suspect first arrived in Ghana on April 29, 2020 and left for Dubai on May 26, 2020 through Ethiopia.
The ATM cards are connected to a local bank and eight other banks in Ghana with Nigerian origin.
Aminou claimed, during interrogation, that 132 of the cards were his, and that he collected them from his extended family for his business.
He said the rest of the cards were for his business partners in Dubai.
He said he was a businessman who plied his trade in Dubai, China, Nigeria and Ghana and denied any links to fraudulent activities.
The cards are to be submitted to the Bank of Ghana (BoG) on Monday [September 20] for further investigations.
Aminou also had in his possession $12,000 and a list of the various PIN numbers of some of the ATM cards.