Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force – National Cyber Centre (NPF-NCCC) have arrested two suspects: Chinonso Eze and Victory Ebomuche, over their involvement in identity theft and criminal conspiracy.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a press statement on Friday in Abuja.
“The NPF in its continuous resolute fight against cybercrime and cyber-related offences, has 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.
“The suspects, aged 18 and 24 years, respectively, were arrested at their residence in Agua Marina Estate, Apo, FCT Abuja.
“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.”
According to Adejobi, “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.”
He further stated that, “The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, while commending the Director, NPF-NCCC, 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 are hereby 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 [email protected].”