Police Arraign 10 for Digital Crime In Onitsha

Police Arraign 10 for Digital Crime In Onitsha
By Alphonsus Nweze
The Police in Onitsha, Anambra State have arranged 10 persons over their involvement in different cybercrime.
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), for Fegge Police Station, Onitsha in Anambra’ State, Rabiu Garba, said other cybercrime cases are being investigated by his men.
Garba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), raised the alarm over the increasing cyber related crime in Onitsha and its environs, but stated that his station has been working hard to curtail this unfortunate development.
He said another major achievement was the arrest of a fraudster impersonating the fiery Catholic priest of the Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev (Fr) Ejike Mbaka.
The dgital fraudster who was alleged to have opened a face book account as Rev. (Fr) Mbaka from where he swindled his victims for prayers, defrauded a business man the sum of three million naira in Fegge, Onitsha.
Garba, said the suspect was already in police net helping them in their investigations.
He however, said over two million naira of the amount has so far been recovered from the suspect, stating that more efforts were being made to recover the remaining amount.
He said the cyber criminals had deployed different methods to defraud their victims including at ATM points through exchange of ATM cards, while pretending to assist a customer.
Others, he said, sent fake bank alerts to their victims after collecting their goods.
He said detectives from his Division have arrested one of such syndicate who duped a building material dealer of N1.2 million worth of goods at Onitsha but relocated to Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The DPO said giving the fact that cyber crime in and around the commercial city of Onitsha was now endemic, they now embarked on raiding of all flash points such as ,BetNaija offices and their likes,warning that any child below the age of 18 caught petronising such outfits would be apprehended.
He therefore appealed to parents and guardians to keep a tab on their children and wards.
He also said sales girls transiting money for their bosses to different banks were mostly victims of these fraudsters, who cashed in on their low education to convince them to surrender their money in return for several millions of naira worth of goods packed somewhere.
Some of these swindlers, said Garba, who were captured by CCTV cameras traced the girls to the banks, wherre they lured them out and brainwashed them that they would pray for them to succeed, using mystic, rituals means and incantations but all were psychological deceit.
The perpetrators of these crimes, said Garba, mostly came from Asaba, Delta State capital, Obosi in Idemili Local Government Area of the State and Enugu in Enugu State.
He warned matured and working class ladies in churches to be wary of youngmen who propose to marry them , saying many of them might turn out to be fraudsters after their money.
Garba also cautioned people who give others their handsets to desist from such habit because if criminals use the set to withdraw people’s money, they would be tracked, arrested and taken to Court for offence they did not commit
He also warned advanced ladies against men who come to make marriage advances and asked them to open account and send it to them wherever they are.
” Don’t open any account for any person.Dont always carry your ATM. Delete your bank account after transaction.Don’t allow any person to help you with your ATM card” said Garba.
He however lamented that commercial banks were not cooperating with them in their investigations, inspite of Court orders, coupled with the fact they were challenged by lack of logistics.
Most time they resorted to the use of private digital investigators but the victims had to pay and that amounted to double jeopardy for the victims.

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