The Nigeria Police Force has arrested one George Gift Ikata, 21, for allegedly creating a fraudulent platform used to defraud unsuspecting members of the global cyber community.
Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi disclosed this in a statement.
He said that Ikata, who resides in Iwofe, Rivers State, was nabbed after the National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) through the National Central Bureau (NCB) of the Force received a message from the Hungary Police on July 15, 2022.
The police spokesman said that the intelligence enumerated the activities of the platform called “AMC Stock Experts” and how the said platform had succeeded in defrauding unsuspecting members of the global cyber community to the tune of thousands of dollars.
“Upon the receipt of this intelligence, Seasoned Cybercrime Forensic and Intelligence Assets under the supervision of DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry, the Director NCCC, were deployed on the case.
“The painstaking effort of the team led to the arrest of one George Gift Ikata, a 21-year-old male indigene of Abua Local Government Area in Rivers state.
“The suspect who resides in Iwofe Rivers state voluntarily elected in a written statement to have created the said platform for fraudulent purposes,” the statement read in part.
Adejobi said that while effort has been intensified to apprehend other members and affiliates of this criminal venture, the Inspector-General of Police urged the entire cyber community and internet users, in general, to be weary of phantom and unverified investment platforms and schemes, and in the eventuality of a fraud, quickly take advantage of the e-reporting portal of the Police; https://incb.npf.gov.ng to register their complaints for immediate intervention.
“Meanwhile, investigation continues and emerging developments will be communicated subsequently,” the police spokesman added