SUNNY DAVID, ONITSHA
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Fegge police station, Onitsha in Onitsha South local government area of Anambra state, Mr. Rabiu Garba, has arraigned 10 persons over their involvement in different cybercrimes.
The police in Fegge said other cybercrime cases were being investigated by his men.
Mr. Garba raised the alarm over the increasing cyber-related crime in Onitsha and its environs, but stated that his station had 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 digital fraudster who was alleged to have opened a facebook account as Rev. (Fr) Mbaka, through which he swindled his victims, claiming to pray for them, allegedly defrauded a businessman N3 million in Fegge, Onitsha.
The chief superintendent of police said the suspect was already in police net helping them in their investigations, adding that over N2million of the amount had been recovered from the suspect, stating that more efforts were being made to recover the rest.
The DPO also 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, Mr. Garba said, sent fake bank alerts to their victims after collecting their goods, informing that detectives from his division had arrested a member 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.
He 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 patronising such outfits would be apprehended.
The DPO, therefore, appealed to parents and guardians to keep a tab on their children and wards, lamenting that sales girls transiting money for their bosses to different banks were mostly victims of these fraudsters, who cash 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 DPO Garba, who were captured by CCTV cameras, traced the girls to the banks, where 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.