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Suspects arrested over prison Internet scandal

Publish date: 02 December 2019
Issue Number: 852
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Nigeria

The head of a maximum-security jail and a prison doctor have been arrested in Nigeria, following allegations that they enabled a prisoner to conduct a global Internet scam. Hope Olusegun Aroke carried out the m i l l i o n-dollar scam while serving a 24-year jail sentence for fraud. BBC News reports that he had access to a mobile phone and the Internet. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said the two prison staff were arrested for falsifying medical reports that enabled Aroke to receive treatment in a police hospital. They have been identified as Emmanuel Oluwaniyi and Hemeson Edwin.

Full BBC News report