Police Burst International Cybercrime Syndicate, Three Arrested; NPF Launches Cybercrime Reporting Portal 

 

 

By Ademola Akanni, Abuja

 

Police in Nigeria have arrested three suspects for their involvement in international cybercrime activities, reports The Gazelle News.com.

According to a press statement by the Force Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, issued on Thursday, 19 November, 2020, the suspects were arrested at Lekki in Lagos State; and Mbieri, in Mbatoli Local Government Area of Imo State.

 

 

The suspects are: Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT, 32yrs, male currently residing at Lekki, Lagos State, native of Aro-Ikpa in Abia State; Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy 34yrs, male and Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz 35yrs, male, of Prof’s Avenue, Umudagu, Mbieri, Mba-itolu LGA, Imo State.

They were arrested by the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja.

The three suspects were arrested following Intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore on global attacks by Nigerian cyber gangs who engage in mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malwares aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.

Findings so far revealed that of the three suspects, Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz specializes in creating, designing, selling of phishing links and hosting malwares on website used by the gang for phishing and hacking purposes. He collects charges running into several millions of naira from other fraudsters he mentors and improves their phishing capabilities.

Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT, a graduate of Business Administration from Imo State University specialises in business email compromise and hacking. A comprehensive forensic analysis revealed that he had in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world. He recruited the third suspect Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy, a medical student of Imo State University, into the gang. Ikechukwu Ohanedozie sorts and profiles e-mail accounts to determine financial strengths of prospective victims and passes on information obtained therefrom to Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere. All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.

In a related development, the Nigeria Police Force has unveiled a Cybercrime Reporting Web Portal. The portal which can be accessed by clicking on the link https://incb.police.gov.ng/ is part of efforts directed at ensuring ease of crime reportage by members of the public to enable prompt investigation, arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime and other related offences.

The portal caters for complaints pertaining to cybercrimes. With this, victims/complainants can now report cases of cybercrime online, at any time and from any part of the world. The cases are promptly attended to by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force domiciled with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Force Headquarters, Abuja and the newly created Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos. The new portal will provide updates on achievements being recorded by the Nigeria Police and will, among other things, avail the citizens knowledge of basic cyber-related issues such as emerging cybercrime trends, the modus operandi of the cyber crooks and offer tips on how citizens could make themselves less vulnerable within the cyberspace.

The Force urged potential users of the portal to ensure that only correct and accurate information, devoid of deliberate falsehood, misrepresentation and misinformation, are provided when filing their complaints.

The Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar Adamu, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in protecting the cyber space and bringing all cyber criminals to book. He reassured confidentiality of all reports and complaints made to the Police through the cyber portal.

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