Police – NCCC Arrests Two In Connection With Identity Theft, Criminal Conspiracy

….. As IGP urges vigilance during online engagements

The Nigeria Police in its continuous resolute fight against cybercrime and cyber-related offences, recorded another significant milestone on October 4, 2023, following the arrest of two suspects, Chinonso Eze, and Victory Ebomuche, in connection with a case involving criminal conspiracy, identity theft, and computer-related fraud.

A statement on Friday, 13th October 2023 signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the suspects, aged 18 and 24 years, respectively, were arrested at their residence in Agua Marina Estate, Apo, FCT Abuja.

Adejobi said that this arrest is a testament to the culmination of exhaustive investigative efforts and reflects its staunch commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism in combating cybercrime.

The statement read, “Furthermore, our dedicated team of investigators meticulously gathered evidence and conducted comprehensive inquiries, resulting in the apprehension of these suspects. This operation exposed a complex web of cybercriminal activities, primarily revolving around romance scams and fraudulent online investments. Such activities exploit individuals and pose a significant threat to our nation’s cybersecurity.

“As part of our ongoing efforts, we have identified potential victims associated with the suspects and are actively working to mitigate both immediate and remote cyber threats.

“The Inspector General of Police while commending the Director of the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Center, DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry for the significant successes, underscored the critical importance of vigilance and caution when engaging in online interactions. He urged the global cyber community to verify the authenticity of online acquaintances, exercise discretion in financial engagements, and promptly report any suspicious online activity to the authorities.

“The public is at this moment reminded of the importance of reporting such activities, suspicions, or any other cybercrime or cyber-related crimes through the Center’s dedicated e-reporting portal at https://incb.npf.gov.ng/ or via email at policecyberunit@npf.cybersecurity.gov.ng

“The Nigeria Police Force remains committed to safeguarding our digital environment, and we appreciate the continued support and cooperation of the public in our efforts to combat cybercrime.

“Upon the conclusion of the investigation, the suspects will be charged in court, the statement concluded