The cybercrime centre of the Nigerian Police Force has arrested 10 suspects in connection with cyber crime.
Spokesperson for the police, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the development, yesterday, said the arrest was in response to the escalating cyber threats aimed at the banking and financial sector, as well as unsuspecting members of the public.
The Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) has taken decisive action against cyber threats affecting the banking and financial sector, as well as the High-yield Investment Fraud (HYIF) schemes that have victimized the public.
In response to a new cyber threat involving cloned banking websites used for high-yield investment scams and money laundering, detectives from the NPF-NCCC conducted a series of arrests between August 16 and 20, 2023.
The individuals apprehended include Nwaonicha Emeka (30), Osaretin Oghomwen (27), Sunday Aniekan (23), Devine Daniel (19), Ibrahim Abdulaziz (21), Daniel Omamuke (23), Muhammed Azimeye (29), Aniwen Abraham (23), Pasca Obinna (27), and Godwin Chinaza (26). All of them reside in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
These suspects have all confessed to their various degrees of involvement in these criminal activities and will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
The Police said efforts were on to inform and support victims of these fraudulent schemes on a global scale, pointing out that “the fraudulent online platforms involved in these activities have been confiscated.”
Emphasizing that the NPF-NCCC was upscaling the arrest of cyber criminals threatening the banking and financial sector fraudulently and preventing HYIF, the Force Headquarters said its meeting with Compliant and Fraud Desk officers from banks across Nigeria was to foster active collaboration and engagement in the ongoing battle against cybercrime.
“It is on the heels of the above that NPF-NCCC swiftly initiated a coordinated, intelligence-led operation, leading to the arrest of the 10 notorious cybercriminals.
“Members of the global cyber community are strongly advised to remain vigilant and report any platforms that promise unrealistically high returns on minimal investments or any other forms of cybercrime.”