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Who are Odia Theophilus & Ebo Junior Success?
Two suspects, Ebo Junior Success, and Odia Theophilus have allegedly been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force’s National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) for suspected computer-related fraud, identity theft, cryptocurrency fraud, and acquiring money under pretense.
CSP Olumuyiwa Adejoi, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), made this announcement on Tuesday. The two, according to the authorities, formed a syndicate that specialized in cheating innocent overseas victims by adopting alluring aliases of other people and promising them love relationships, which they then use as a cover to defraud their victims.
NPF NATIONAL CYBERCRIME CENTRE ARRESTS TWO (2) FOR COMPUTER-RELATED FRAUD, IDENTITY THEFT, CRYPTOCURRENCY FRAUD, AND OBTAINING MONEY BY FALSE PRETENCE IGP Lauds Operations, Collaboration with other Police Agencies via Interpol NCB The Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) has successfully busted two suspects responsible for computer-related fraud, identity theft, cryptocurrency fraud, and obtaining money by pretense.
The duo runs a syndicate specializing in defrauding unsuspecting victims from foreign countries by assuming appealing identities of other persons and promising them romantic relationships, under the pretext of which they defraud their victims. In the extant case, a report on their activities was received from Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency in Korea through the Interpol National Central Bureau that in May 2021, the suspects approached the victim, Baek Seong-hee, a Korean national, via Kakaotalk, a mobile messaging application used majorly in South Korea, in the guise of being a member of the US Armed Forces stationed in Yemen.
The suspect used the pretext of a romantic relationship and defrauded the victim of 259,637,941 Korean Won (KRW) worth of cryptocurrency equivalent to about 91 million Nigerian Naira. Subsequent investigations led the NPF-NCCC to the arrest of the duo of Odia Theophilus aged 24 and Ebo Junior Success aged 25 at their hideout in Benin City, Edo State. The suspects confessed to being part of a syndicate responsible for these crimes and stated their roles as accomplices who provide bank accounts for fraudsters in furtherance of their nefarious activities.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, NEAPS, FDC, CFR, has lauded the efforts of the Head, NPF-NCCC, DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry, in ensuring a clampdown on cybercrime related offenses. The IGP similarly extolled the collaboration being enjoyed with other police agencies worldwide via the Interpol NCB platform stressing its importance in tackling transnational crimes. Suspects will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigations. CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, mnipr, mipra, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Suspect’s Crime actions: Explained
According to a report on their activities provided by the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency in Korea to the Interpol National Central Bureau, the suspects approached the victim, a Korean national named Baek Seong-hee, via Kakaotalk, a popular mobile messaging app in South Korea, under the pretense that they were US military personnel stationed in Yemen, in May 2021.
“Under the idea of a love relationship, the suspect stole from the victim 259,637,941 Korean Won (KRW), which is equal to nearly 91 million Nigerian Naira.
The NPF-NCCC arrested the pair of Odia Theophilus, 24, and Ebo Junior Success, 25, at their hideout in Benin City, Edo State, as a result of further investigations.
The statement said, in part, “The suspects admitted to being a member of a syndicate that committed these crimes and revealed their roles as accomplices who supply bank accounts for fraudsters to pursue their malicious activities.
The Head of NPF-NCCC, DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry, was commended by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, for his efforts in ensuring a crackdown on offenses linked to cybercrime. The IGP also praised the cooperation with various law enforcement organizations around the world that is possible thanks to the Interpol NCB platform, highlighting how crucial it is for combating transnational crimes. The statement continued, “Suspects will be charged to court upon completion of investigations.”
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