Six suspects, Bernard Joseph aged 27, Emmanuel Joseph aged 22, Obasi Ikechukwu aged 19, Anijiofor Tobechuckwu aged 26, Andrew Moses aged 19, and Israel Ezekiel aged 19, have been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force at their hideout in the Dantata estate area of the FCT for allegedly engaging in cybercrimes.
A statement released by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, says the suspects summarily confessed to their various degrees of involvement in cybercrime including identity theft, hacking and trading of hacked Facebook accounts, romance scam, computer related forgery, and other computer related fraud punishable under the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015.
‘’It is pertinent to state that the investigation is ongoing and efforts to apprehend the fleeing members of this criminal network are underway. Meanwhile, the arrested suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the investigation.
The Inspector General of Police Ag. IGP Olukayode Egbetokun, NPM, Ph.D., while reiterating the commitment of the Force to combatting crime at all fronts irrespective of its dynamics, has directed the Director, NPF-NCCC, Uche Ifeanyi Henry, to take no break in ensuring the safety of individuals and enterprises online. He also urges parents, wards, thought leaders, and social/religious institutions to outrightly condemn this menace and partner with the Police in ensuring a safer digital space for all.” the statement reads
The police urged landlords/landladies and facility owners to expose any such cybercrime recruitment centre and mentoring hubs noticed in their areas or houses.
‘’We need to break the conspiracy of silence and expose the evil doers in our society. We want to reassure the public that we will continually work with partners, stakeholders, and other relevant security agencies to decimate activities of cyber criminals and other criminals across the country. The Nigeria Police Force, therefore, counts on your support and unwavering commitment in tackling crimes and criminality in the country. Finally, members of the public are enjoined to remain vigilant and report any suspicious online activities through our dedicated e-reporting portal at http://incb.npf.gov.ng, and via email at ‘’ the statement read.