The Dhaka Metropolitan Police in Bangladesh has detained 11 Nigerian nationals for allegedly participating in a Facebook fraud.
The suspects were seized by detectives in multiple operations conducted in various districts of Dhaka on Wednesday, according to the DMP at a media conference on Thursday, April 21.
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 the Nigerians arrested.
Chadni Akter, their Bangladeshi aide, has been identified. She used to assist them as a phoney customs employee, masking her true identity.
“Osita Okechukwu and Chisom Emmanuel are the scam ring’s leaders. “They used to communicate with their Bangladeshi collaborators and transfer the embezzled money among other gang members,” said AKM Hafiz Akter, an assistant commissioner at the DMP’s Detective Branch.
“The other members of the gang defrauded people out of large sums of money by promising lavish presents and investments after establishing a virtual relationship with a phoney Facebook ID as an American or European person.”
A dollar ‘trick’ machine, 17 phones, two laptop computers, chemical vials, and copies of warrants in other instances were taken from their hands.
Several Bangladeshi residents, in addition to Chadni, are connected with the group, according to Hafiz, who added that legal action has been taken against the gang members.
Law enforcement has initiated a manhunt to find other perpetrators, he added.