11 Nigerians arrested
11 Nigerians have been arrested in Bangladesh by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Department for their involvement in a Facebook fraud.
The Nigerians, together with one Bangladeshi, were arrested on suspicion of acquiring money from people under the false pretence of exchanging their Bangladeshi Taka for US dollars.
The suspects were captured in separate operations in Dhaka, the country’s capital city, on Wednesday, police said in a press conference on Thursday.
Henri Osita Okechukwu, Chisom Emmanuel Obiajulu, Okeke Peter, Obinna Sunday, Oneka Amba, Chisom Anthonoy Ekwenze, Okeyea Azubike, Anuyarah Ojuyemena Daniel, Anuruka Jinika Francis, Luke, and Domado Chinedo are among the Nigerian suspects.
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Chadni Akter, a Bangladeshi accomplice, allegedly hid her identity and pretended to be a customs official.
“The leaders of the fraud ring are Osita Okechukwu and Chisom Emmanuel,” said AKM Hafiz Akter, an extra commissioner of the DMP’s Detective Branch. They used to communicate with their Bangladeshi associates and distribute the embezzled funds to the gang’s other members.
Students in Bangladesh are protesting the arbitrary arrest of Nigerians.
“After developing a virtual friendship with a fake Facebook ID as an American or European citizen, the other members of the gang conned people out of large sums of money with promises of expensive gifts and investments.”
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A $1 ‘trick’ machine, 17 phones, two laptops, chemical bottles, and copies of warrants from several cases were among the goods recovered from the accused individuals.
Apart from Chadni, a number of Bangladeshi people were also involved with the group, according to Aktar, who added that legal action had been initiated against the apprehended suspects.
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