By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Police Command has described the plan to phase out Automated Teller Machines, ATM, in public places as â€œa most welcome development.â€
The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aloysius Okorie, who stated this during an interview in his office, however, expressed delight that his Command had not recorded much crime related to ATM fraud.
He was of the opinion that the move had becomeÂ necessary in view of the sordid activities of armed robbers,Â who trail customers from ATM points and dispossess them of their money.
The Imo police boss regretted the abuse and misuse of the internet technology and computer by fraudsters, adding that ATM ought to have been one facility that should have helped in making life and living easier. Some respondents, who spoke to Vanguard, expressed different views on the use of ATM cards and the associated crime prevalent in society today. One of the respondents, who simply identified herself as Chinenye, said that although she has an ATM card, she has never been a victim of ATM fraud.
A lady (names withheld), who works in Government House, Owerri, was not so lucky because the entire content of her familyâ€™s savings was criminally withdrawn from their account through ATM fraud.
â€œOne thing we must all bear in mind is that ATM and internet fraud are real. There is also every need to ensure that they do not escalate in Imo State,â€ the female victim said.