India police arrest Nigerian man for duping job-seekers of over N28m in guise of providing jobs abroad

A Nigerian man based in india has arrested by indian police command for duping people in the guise of providing jobs, matrimonials, and sending gift packages.

The suspect identified as Daniel Obiano, a resident of Bengaluru, who came to India on a student visa, was arrested on Monday, August 9.

The accused, Obinna Fidelis Igboanugo, was arrested alongside Anil Kumar Pandey, a 36-year-old businessman.

Between May and July this year, Obiano and his associates allegedly cheated a software engineer from Kushaiguda and his cousin to the tune of Rs 51.3 lakh (N28,233,119.24) by promising to secure jobs for them in Canada. 

According to the police, the accused came into contact with other Nigerians in Bengaluru, and learnt about cyber frauds from them. He began cheating Indian citizens on social media platforms posing as a European.

“For this, Daniel along with his associates, created fake profiles on Facebook and sent friend requests to youngsters. They procured ATM cards of random people with the help of some agents by paying commissions. Similarly, they also bought SIM cards from shops without submitting any documents,” said Mahesh Bhagwat, Police Commissioner, Rachakonda.

Following a complaint, the Cybercrime police booked a case and with the help of technical evidence nabbed him from Bengaluru.

Police seized smart phones, SIM cards and other material from the accused and also froze his bank accounts with with a sum of cash of Rs 7.1 lakh.

The accused were booked under Sections 417,418,420 of IPC and Section 66 (C&D) of IT Act and sent to judicial custody.

The Rachakonda Police advised citizens not to accept backdoor job offers, adding that legitimate employers will never ask one to send money to acquire jobs.

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