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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Cuttack police seeking custody of Nigerians held for online fraud

PANAJI: Police from Cuttack-Odisha are in process of seeking custody of the two accused Nigerian nationals who were earlier this month arrested by the Goa cyber crime police in connection with an online fraud wherein a wife of an Army Colonel was reportedly cheated to the tune of Rs 8 lakh.
Accused Obina Icodemus and Najiofor Chukwuma Collins, residing at Delhi and natives of Nigeria are currently in judicial custody. Their bail applications have been rejected by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Mapusa.

Source informed that police from Cuttack are in the process of seeking custody of the two accused and have initiated the legal proceedings in this regard. Apart from Cuttack, the accused are also wanted by the police from 8 other states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala in connection with online frauds.
Police said that their involvement came to light based on the devices such as mobile phones, SIM cards that were reportedly used by the accused in online fraud in which they have been arrested. These devices were also used by the accused to commit online frauds in other states.
Both were arrested in Delhi with the help of cyber crime cell of Delhi police. Police had attached 20 mobile phones, 17 SIM cards, 7 data cards, 3 pen drives and 3 laptops from the accused.
According to police, the accused befriended the victim on facebook and under the pretext of sending a gift cheated her to tune of Rs 8,04,300, police said.
Accused are part of an international Nigerian racket that cheat people over the internet using social media sites and the involvement of some Indian nationals cannot be ruled out, police said.

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