- Some criminals have confessed to using cards to transfer money from bank accounts of deceased VIPs
- The criminals who are seven in number were trying to do a transfer of N25 million and $220,000
- Those arrested included Nwogu Joseph Chika, Anthony Odama, Ikechukwu Nkem, among others
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In a landmark operation, a criminal act has been botched by the Nigeria Police Force. The operation was carried out by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).
Specifically, they botched the transfer of N25 million from a local bank account and $220,000 from an international account.
They also arrested a seven-man fraud syndicate based in Lagos in the process.
The arrest was based on intelligence received on the activities of the fraud syndicate led by one Osita Nwafor, aka Ossy, Guardian reports.
According to the report, 45-year-old Nwafor was apprehended in their hideout after a technical analysis of the details of the gang and its activities.
Other members of the gang arrested by the police include Nwogu Joseph Chika, Anthony Odama, Ikechukwu Nkem, James Okonkwo, Adedio Paulinus, and Ogundepo Olufemi.
According to Femi Maliki, RRS spokesman, the prompt arrest of the gang first voided a fraudulent transaction of N3 million that had been perfected by the syndicate.
It was gathered that these fraudsters work with bank insiders locally and internationally. Sources who disclosed how they operate said they scout for obituaries of well to do members of the public. They then proceed to use the bank insiders to determine the deceased account balance and clone their SIM cards for online transfer.
Meanwhile, a report had indicated that some residents of Life Camp area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja raised alarm over increasing cases of kidnapping in the area.
Legit.ng reported that the residents mostly live in Manreng, Winning Clause, Canaan, Dabo, Lias, Kingstown and Katsina Estates all located in the area.
According to the residents, they now return to their houses before 7 pm for fear of being waylaid by the gunmen.
In another report by Legit.ng, four kidnap victims were successfully rescued from kidnappers at Sauni Hills, Lambata, a community in the outskirts of the FCT.
This was revealed in a statement by the spokesman of the FCT police command, DSP Anjuguri Menzah on Monday, February 10.
The statement further revealed that the rescue of the victims was under a special operation launched by police operatives from the FCT command.
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