Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested twenty-four (24) suspects comprising twenty-3 (23) male and one (1) girl for cybercrime and other associated offences.
The suspects had been arrested for their involvement and indictment in cases of romance and on line relationship scams, generating and deployment of fake bank alerts, hacking and fraudulent cord transfers, cyber stalking and impersonation of high-profile personalities in Nigeria and across the world.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects include:
i. 11 laptop computers
ii. 37 Mobile Phones
iii. 11 SIM cards of different telecoms networks
iv. five International passports
v. 12 ATM Cards
vi. Fake US Dollar notes.
Vii. Quantities of dry leaves suspected to be Marijuana
Notable amongst the instances is the arrest of 3 brothers – Emmanuel Ushie – 23yrs; Henry Ushie – 30 years old and a graduate of Statistics from Anambra State University and Matthew Ushie – 28 years old and an OND graduate from Federal Polytechnic Oko, for running fake Frank Mba Foundation bank account with FCMB. The trio used a fake Facebook account and the fraudulently operated bank account to defraud innocent Nigerians of their tough earned monies under the pretext that the Foundation is raising money to help prone Nigerians all through the Covid-19 pandemic. Investigations by way of the police operatives attached to the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) reveals that the brothers engage notably and serially in such frauds and other related cybercrimes.
During unrelenting manhunt of the fraudsters, Henry Ushie ‘m’ 30yrs, an elder sibling to Emmanuel Ushie, become recognized because the gang leader of the syndicate behind the scam. He went underground as his more youthful siblings additionally involved within the crime were arrested.
Following weeks of excessive follow-up and meticulous investigations, the kingpin – Henry Ushie ‘m’ was arrested on Thursday 11/6/2020 at approximately 1255hrs at a hideout in Ihiala, Anambra State. His arrest sooner or later caused the arrest of his more youthful brother Mathew Ushie ‘m’ who is additionally an active member of the syndicate.
Further investigation reveals that Mathew Ushie ‘m’ had been arrested in Ghana last year in a well properly publicised bust of fraudsters where he and other international fraudsters used the name of the Inspector General of Police of Ghana, John Kudalor to defraud unsuspecting Ghanaian policemen inside the guise of providing possibility for them to attend United Nations peacekeeping mission using a fake Facebook account. Information about his arrest and parading earlier than the press in Ghana is available on the internet.
Similarly, Henry Ushie had additionally been arrested in 2017 by using the IRT for impersonating then ACP ABBA Kyari, the Commander IRT on Facebook and defrauding many innocent Nigerians earlier than he became arrested and subsequently charged to Court for impersonation. He later got a bail from the court and went again to same crime.
All the suspects will be charged to courtroom at the conclusion of investigations.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Abubakar Adamu as soon as again makes use of this medium to assure Nigerians of the continued remedy of the Force to rid the us of a of all varieties of crimes and illegal activity consisting of cybercrimes. He additionally urges residents to redirect their strength to the to the positive utilization of the cyberspace, cyber resources and the social media, and shun their related negative influences.
DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER