11 Nigerian nationals arrested in Bangladesh over Facebook scam

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police Department in Bangladesh has arrested 11 Nigerians for allegedly participating in a Facebook fraud.

The suspects were captured by detectives in multiple operations around Dhaka on Wednesday, the DMP announced in a press conference on Thursday, April 21.

Henri Osita Okechukwu, Chisom Emmanuel Obiajulu, Okeke Peter, Obinna Sunday, Oneka Amba, Chisom Anthonoy Ekwenze, Okeyea Azubike, Anuyarah Ojuyemena Daniel, Anuruka Jinika Francis, Luke, and Domado Chinedo have been arrested in Nigeria.

Their Bangladeshi assistant has been identified as Chadni Akter, who used to help them as a fake customs official, concealing her real identity.

“The leaders of the fraud ring are Osita Okechukwu and Chisom Emmanuel. They used to maintain communication with their Bangladeshi accomplices and distribute the embezzled money among other members of the gang,” said AKM Hafiz Akter, an additional commissioner at DMP’s Detective Branch.

11 Nigerian nationals arrested in Bangladesh over Facebook scam

“The other members of the gang swindled people out of huge amounts of money with promises of expensive gifts and investment after developing a virtual friendship with fake Facebook ID as an American or European citizen.”

A dollar ‘trick’ machine, 17 phones, two laptops, chemical bottles and copies of warrants in various cases have been seized from their possessions.

In addition to Chadni, several Bangladeshi citizens are involved with the gang, Hafiz said, adding that legal action has been taken against the gang members.

The law enforcers have launched a manhunt to trace out other criminals, he added. 

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