American confined in Lagos hotel for 16 months rescued
Police operatives have efficiently rescued an American citizen, who was confined in a Lagos lodge, the place she was held towards her want for over a 12 months by a Nigerian man she met on social media
Drive Public Relations Officer, Drive Headquarters, DCP, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a press release in Abuja on Sunday.
Mba stated the sufferer, who hails from Washington DC, USA and is a retired civil servant within the US, arrived Nigeria on 13th February, 2019 on a go to to at least one Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku, a 34-year previous man, from Ikeduru native authorities space of Imo State whom she met on Fb.
“She was nonetheless rescued by Police operatives connected to the Intelligence Response Staff (IRT), Ogun State Annex following data obtained from a patriotic and civic minded Nigerian within the Meran space of Lagos State.
“The rescue of the American girl is approaching the heels of an analogous case of kidnapped Philippino girl who was lured to Nigeria by her supposed lover whom she equally met on Fb.
“Investigations reveal that the suspect, Chukwuebuka Kasi Obiaku is a graduate of Enterprise Administration and Administration and an web fraudster who has defrauded many unsuspecting members of the general public each regionally and internationally.
Chukwuebuka intentionally lured the sufferer into the nation beneath the pretext of affection and deceitfully married her on 15th Might, 2019.
“ He subsequently held her captive in a lodge, extorted from her monies amounting to a complete of 48,000-USD.
He additionally forcefully collected and took management of her credit score and debit playing cards in addition to the operation of her financial institution accounts together with the receipt of her month-to-month retirement advantages and allowances over the interval of fifteen (15) months.
Chukwuebuka additionally used the sufferer as a entrance to defraud her associates and different overseas personalities and corporations,” he stated.
Mba additionally stated operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL Nationwide Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three suspects; Samson Inegbenesun 30years, Blessed Junior 32years and Muhammed Zakari 36years, all male from Uromi in Edo State, for cyber-related offences together with advance payment fraud, cash laundering and romance rip-off.
“The suspects had been arrested in Uromi, following investigations into suspected fraudulent on-line procurement and provide of COVID-19 protecting masks, obtained via the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.
“Investigations reveal that Samson Inegbenosun is an web fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based on-line scamming syndicate.
He provides overseas and native financial institution accounts to obtain fraudulent funds and use similar as conduit to different feeder accounts.
In the meantime, the Police have recovered from him, a constructing house value N20,000,000.00, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 mannequin value N6,500,000.00 and a Toyota Matrix 2002 mannequin valued at N2,000,000.00 which he procured with the proceeds of the crime.
“The second suspect, Blessed Junior, returned to Nigeria from Italy in February, 2020 however maintains shut contacts and illicit dealings together with his Italian associates.
Investigations reveal that he has remodeled One Hundred and Twenty Million Naira (N120,000,000.00) from web fraud and different cybercrime dealings.
He additionally obtained the sum of 52,000 EUROs just lately from his felony associates in Italy as fee for his lively involvement in a world cybercrime deal. He additionally owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.
“Mohammed Zakari, an knowledgeable in web fraud, id theft and impersonation, falsely claims to be a British citizen.
He additionally poses to be one Kelly Galk on on-line courting apps which he makes use of to hold out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the general public, regionally and internationally.
Investigation reveals he has made thousands and thousands of naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate.
“All of the suspects will probably be charged to courtroom on conclusion of investigation and prosecuted in step with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015,“ Mba stated