More arrests in global Internet sting
Publish date: 16 September 2019
Issue Number: 841
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Police in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have arrested more than 250 people suspected of carrying out large-scale online money-transfer scams. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, the victims were tricked into wiring money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters. The two alleged ring leaders - both Nigerian expats - were arrested in Los Angeles last month. Police also conducted raids in the US, UK, Turkey, France, Italy, Japan and Malaysia. Of those arrested, 167 were Nigerian nationals. BBC News reports that $3.7m in cash was seized during the raids. Ibrahim Magu, who chairs Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, said 'exotic cars and plots of land in choice areas in Lagos' have also been seized.