- A gang of Nigerian scammers in South Africa was arrested in the morning of Tuesday, October 19
- The arrest was said to have been coordinated by the South African police aided by the US government and Interpol
- Reliable reports have it that the suspects who scam have women as their major victims work with a Nigeria-based syndicate
The South African police in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol on Tuesday, October 19, arrested about eight Nigerian romance scammers in Cape Town.
According to Colonel Katlego Mogale, the spokesperson for South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), among those arrested were six criminals and the founder of the Black Axe cult in the city, PM News reports.
It was gathered that the suspects are males between the ages of 33 and 52 who are into cybercrime, scamming of widows, and divorcees.
Mogale disclosed that the arrest was aided by the Mutual Legal Assistance from Central Authorities of the United States that was approved by the South African government.
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She went on to note that the suspects will be charged with various financial crimes like conspiracy to commit wire/mail fraud/mail and money laundering.
The police chief also revealed that these persons work with a crime syndicate based in Nigeria.
“The suspects in this investigation are alleged to have ties to a transnational organised crime syndicate originating in Nigeria.
“The fraudsters intimidated and berated their victims, ruined their lives, and then disappeared. We are confident that this investigation will have a significant impact on this region and beyond."
Abba Kyari: FBI, Nigeria police not fair to ex-IRT boss, says Northern group
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Northern Groups has alleged that the FBI and the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) had outrightly breached Abba Kyari’s fundamental right to a fair hearing.
According to the group, Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), was not given the benefit of being heard before hasty actions were taken against him by both the FBI and the NPF.
They, therefore, demanded that the suspension of Kyari be immediately reviewed and his case transferred to the Nigeria Intelligence Agency.