Two Nigerians linked to criminal conspiracy, identity theft, and romance scams have been arrested by police operatives in Abuja, Nigeria Capital arising from fraudulent activities dating back to 2014, primarily through Facebook.
ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations officer disclosed this in statement issued on behalf of the acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun.
The suspects — residents of Panasonic Estate in Idu, Abuja where Ifeanyi Nwosu, a close associate of Jerry Okoye, who was arrested along with the first suspect, “admitted to having a unique connection with a 69-year-old white woman known as Winnie, whom he identifies as both a fan and a friend”.
Okoye told the police that his visit to the residence was for music recording purpose, according to ACP Adejobi who revealed substantial evidence from their electronic devices has shed light on their criminal activities, he said.
The statement also recalled that Jerry Okoye, a former student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), claimed to have been in the music industry since 2016 and operates a public relations company.
The Police spokesman said, “This connection goes beyond casual friendship as evidence indicating a series of cash exchanges between Ifeanyi Nwosu and the elderly woman” whose details were not disclosed, have come to light.
He noted that “The Nigeria Police Force remains unwavering in our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of our citizens by relentlessly cracking down on criminal activities such as identity theft, romance scams, sextortion, and other cyber-related crimes.
“We urge members of the public to remain vigilant and cautious when interacting with individuals online, especially those they have not met in person”, he said.
ACP Adejobi further called on Nigerians and residents to actively collaborate with the Force in securing our cyber-space and protecting our communities from these menaces. Safeguarding Nigeria is a collective responsibility that must not be trivialized.