The Nigeria Police Force has arrested three suspects for cyber-related offences.
In a statement, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, identified the suspects as Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere also known as Ceeceeboss TMT, 32yrs, ‘m’ currently residing at Lekki, Lagos State, native of Aro-Ikpa in Abia State, Ikechukwu Ohanedozie, popularly known as Dozzy, 34yrs, ‘m’ and Onuegwu Ifeanyi also known as SSGToolz, 35yrs, ‘m’ of Prof’s Avenue, Umudagu, Mbieri, Mba-itolu LGA, Imo State.
Mba said the three suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja.
He said the suspects were arrested following Intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore on global attacks by Nigerian cyber gangs who engage in mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malwares aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.
Mba said findings revealed that Onuegwu Ifeanyi specialized in creating, designing, selling of phishing links and hosting malwares on website used by the gang for phishing and hacking purposes and collects charges running into several millions of naira from other fraudsters he mentors and improves their phishing capabilities.
Mba said Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere, a graduate of Business Administration from Imo State University, specialised in business email compromise and hacking.
He said a comprehensive forensic analysis reveals that he had in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world and recruited the third suspect Ikechukwu Ohanedozie, a medical student of Imo State University, into the gang.
The Force Public Relations Officer said “Ikechukwu Ohanedozie sorts and profiles e-mail accounts to determine financial strengths of prospective victims and passes on information obtained therefrom to Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere.
“All the suspects will be charged to court on conclusion of investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria Police Force has unveiled a Cybercrime Reporting Web Portal.
The portal which can be accessed by clicking on the link https://incb.police.gov.ng/ is part of efforts directed at ensuring ease of crime reportage by members of the public to enable prompt investigation, arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime and other related offences.
Mba said the portal catered to complaints pertaining to cybercrimes. He added that victims/complainants could now report cases of cybercrime online, at any time and from any part of the world.
Mba said cases were promptly attended to by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force domiciled with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Force Headquarters, Abuja and the newly-created Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.
He said the new portal would provide updates on achievements being recorded by the Nigeria Police and would, among other things, avail the citizens knowledge of basic cyber-related issues such as emerging cybercrime trends, the modus operandi of the cyber crooks and offer tips on how citizens could make themselves less vulnerable within the cyberspace.
He urged potential users of the portal to ensure that only correct and accurate information, devoid of deliberate falsehood, misrepresentation and misinformation, are provided when filing their complaints.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu also reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in protecting the cyber space and bringing all cyber criminals to book.
The IGP reassured Nigerians of confidentiality of all reports and complaints made to the Police through the cyber portal.