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3 Nigerian conmen held in '419 Scam'

Written by: Staff

Kohima, Apr 25 (UNI) Nagaland seems to have become a lucrative destination for Nigerian fraudsters as the Dimapur police, for the third time, arrested three Nigerian nationals for allegedly being involved in the infamous 'advance fee fraud' or 'Nigerian 419' scam.

The Nigerian nationals, who arrived at Dimapur a couple of days ago were arrested by police, who recovered incriminating documents indicating their involvement in the 'advanced fee fraud'.

They were identified as Okwuchukwu Ezeh, Prince Modest Uzoma and Collins Okoro. A bank draft of 30 US dollar was also seized from their possession.

On verification, the IIT Delhi branch of State Bank of India confirmed that the draft was issued only for 30 US dollars, to which the Nigerians added three zeroes and the word 'thousand' was written above the arrow mark.

Police also recovered some 'sms' messages from their mobile sets sent to one barrister Johnson Smith regarding the deal.

It was found that the Restricted Area Permit(RAP) of the Nigerians contains only names of Prince Modest, Uzoma and the names of his two accomplices as stated in their passport were missing.

The Nigerians maintained that they were not involved in any fraudulent activity and said their purpose of visiting the state was 'solely religious'.

In September and October last year Dimapur police had arrested five Nigerians in two separate cases, who are still in Dimapur jail.

Police said the advanced fee fraud, also known as the 'Nigerian 419' scam after the relevant section of the Nigerian criminal code that it violated, is a fraudulent scheme to extract money from victims after making them believe that they would receive a fortune.

Many Nagas have fallen prey to these fraudsters, who have earned crores of rupees in Nagaland.


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