NEW DELHI

Nigerian held for duping people

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: A 38-year-old Nigerian national, who along with his accomplices allegedly cheated innocent people by extracting money from them on the pretext of processing the lotteries they had won, was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police on Wednesday. He was also wanted by the Pune police.

This July, the Special Cell arrested a Nigerian national, Honesty Agnibatse, for his alleged involvement in the black dollar scam. On September 28, the officials of the Shanti Niketan branch of the ICICI Bank informed the police that they had detained a Nigerian national, who was suspected to be operating an account number under the scanner on the suspicion that it was being used for illegal purposes.

The suspect was identified as Francis Okika. Investigations revealed that Francis used to cheat people by making them pay the processing fee for the lotteries they had won, for which they received intimation through e-mails and also over their mobile phones.

One of the victims, Bipin Singh from Patna, told the police that he received a mail claiming that he would receive some consignment from South Africa, for which he deposited Rs. 15,000 in the ICICI Bank account this June. The consignment never reached him, while the money had been withdrawn from the account.

The bank officials told the Special Cell that they had received a notice from the Pune police stating the account in question was being used for illegal purposes, following which it was frozen on July 19.

On Wednesday when Francis had come to withdraw money from the account, he was arrested.

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