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Interpol arrests Nigerian fraudster

22 August 2013, 07:24Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - The Interpol unit of the Nigeria Police, together with the Federal Ministry of Justice, are working with their United Arab Emirates counterparts to facilitate the extradition of Itumo Chidebere to answer to charges of fraud.

Chidebere was recently arrested in Dubai, the Asian country's capital city, recently.

Frank Mba,  the local force public relations officer, confirmed the process to extradite the suspect had commenced.

He said, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar praised INTERPOL for the suspect's arrest.

"He commended the organisation for this and other numerous successes recorded in international anti-crime operations and reaffirmed the determination of the Force to bring to justice all criminals connected with international crimes," said Mba.

He said the IGP pledged to strengthen the bond between Nigeria Police and their counterparts in other countries in resolving all trans-border crimes.

The 35-year old suspect, who hails from Ebonyi State, has been on the run for the past 13 months after allegedly defrauding a businesswoman of more than US$2 million.

It is alleged Chidebere presented himself as an estate broker.

He allegedly received the funds but could not facilitate the purchase of some property, subsequently travelling to different countries to evade arrest.

Mba meanwhile said the IGP further advised Nigerians in Diaspora to steer clear of fraud, drug trafficking and other related crimes, noting that engaging in such criminal activities could bring the image of Nigeria to disrepute.

- CAJ News


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