Police launch cybercrime reporting portal, arrest three suspects

Police launch cybercrime reporting portal, arrest three suspects

- The Nigeria Police Force has launched a new website for prompt reporting of cybercrime and other related offences

- Cases reported through the portal will be handled by the cybercrime units of the police in Abuja and Lagos

- Meanwhile, three Nigerians have been arrested for cybercrime following an intelligence report from INTERPOL cybercrime unit in Singapore

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The Nigeria Police Force has unveiled a new web portal where victims of cybercrime and other complainants can promptly report their cases from any part of the world.

This was disclosed by the force's public relations officer, Frank Mba, in a statement released on Thursday, November 19.

Mba explained that the portal which can be accessed via http://incb.police.gov.ng is part of efforts directed at ensuring ease of reportage by members of the public.

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The police spokesperson said the online portal will enable prompt investigation, arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime and other related offences.

He added that cases reported via the portal will be attended to by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force which is domiciled with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau, Force Headquarters, Abuja and the Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL Annex in Lagos.

The potential users of the portal were urged to ensure that only correct and accurate information is provided when filing their complaints.

Meanwhile, Mba also disclosed that operatives of the police cybercrime unit in Abuja have arrested three suspects.

The suspects are Onwuka Chidiebere, Ikechukwu Ohanedozie, and Onuegwu Ifeanyi.

According to the police spokesman, the three suspects were arrested following an intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore.

The suspected cybercrime gangs were accused of engaging in mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malware aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.

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One of the suspects, Chidiebere, reportedly has in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world.

Mba stated that the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of the police investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the fight against cybercrime received a massive boost as the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt zonal office, arrested four students for their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

The arrested fraudsters who are all undergraduates at the University of Port Harcourt include Prince Hyacinth, Rex Emadifie Oghene, Odili Ifeayi, and Uduak Samuel Williams.

The students allegedly defrauded 15 victims of $111,500 (about N43 million). Items recovered from them included laptops and mobile gadgets of sophisticated grades.

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