The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has arrested two men, Chinonso Eze and Victory Ebomuche in connection with a case involving criminal conspiracy, identity theft, and computer-related fraud.
Spokesman of the force, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a statement issued on Friday.
ACP Adejobi said the suspects, aged 18 and 24 years, respectively, were arrested at their residence in Agua Marina Estate, Apo, FCT Abuja.
The arrest, he noted, was the force’s continuous resolute fight against cybercrime and cyber-related offences.
According to him, this arrest is a testament to the culmination of exhaustive investigative efforts and reflects our staunch commitment to upholding the highest standards of professionalism in combating cybercrime.
“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 not only exploit individuals but also 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 statement reminded the public 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 email@example.com.
It said the 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.”
The statement further said the suspects would be charged in court upon the conclusion of the investigation.