Nigeria Police Arrests Fake United States Soldier, Others in Imo
The Imo state command of the Nigeria Police force has arrested an American citizen who says he is a soldier with the United States Army for fraud and impersonation.
The Police paraded the suspect, whom they identified as Garrick Michael Slack, at the command headquarters in Owerri the state capital on Saturday.
The State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadanchi, told journalists that Garrick was a specialist in defrauding women with the promise of taking them to the United States of America.
The police commissioner further noted that Garrick deceived his victims by claiming to be a member of the U.S army.
The Police also paraded several other suspects for various crimes including alleged armed robbery, child trafficking, and cultism, alongside some weapons allegedly used by them.
Cyber criminals have been known to impersonate US servicemen on peacekeeping missions in order to defraud unsuspecting victims who are usually women.
The US security agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, FBI had expressed concerns over the scheme to the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC recently in a dialogue between the two agencies.
The EFCC chairman, Mr. Magu had revealed during the parley on Thursday that the sister agencies had been involved in a sting operation tagged “operation wire-wire” to curb the menace of cyber crimes in the country.
The EFCC chairman reiterated that the operation has been a success so far due to the level of collaboration between the EFCC and the FBI as about 32 cyber criminals have been arrested by the police so far.
The EFCC chairman did say at the parley that the current operation has sent a strong message to cyber criminals that there was no hiding place for such in the country while he encouraged continued collaboration between both agencies for sustainable result in the fight against cyber crime.