Police, Interpol nab Nigerian gang for fraud, recover millions, mansion, cars

Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit and Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) have arrested three Nigerians; Samson Inegbenosun, 30; Blessed Junior, 32; and Muhammed Zakari, 36.

The suspects are all men from Uromi in Edo State, for cyber-related offences including Advance Fee Fraud, money laundering and romance scam.

Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, in a statement on Sunday, said suspects were arrested in Uromi, following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the Interpol NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.

The Police said Inegbenosun is an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate.

He supplied foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and use same as conduit to other feeder accounts.

The Police recovered from him, a building apartment worth N20 million, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6.5 million and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2 million, all proceeds of the crime.

The second suspect, Junior, returned to Nigeria from Italy in February 2020 but maintained close contacts and illicit dealings with his Italian associates.

The statement revealed that he made over N120 million from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings.

He also received the sum of 52,000 Euros recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal.

Junior also owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.

Zakari, an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claimed to be a British citizen.

He posed to be one Kelly Galk on online dating apps which he uses to carry out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, locally and internationally.

“Investigation reveals he has made millions of naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate”, the Police added.

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