Jaipur: Three Nigerian nationals who were arrested for honey trapping an executive engineer (XEn) – a native of Jodhpur and currently posted in Pratapgarh district, were staying in India illegally, police revealed. The cops have discovered that the gang operated nearly 42 banks accounts, some of them offshore. In three months prior to their arrest, there had been a transaction of more than Rs 1.5 crore in just 16 of these bank accounts, police officials said.
The mastermind – Ifiyani – and two others had come to India on medical and tourism visas seven years ago. They didn’t leave even after their visas expired. They formed a gang with other Nigerian nationals and spread their network in other countries also. They then started honey trapping people.
The police seized a laptop, 35 mobile phones, 25 SIM cards, 5 internet data cards, two knives and several other things.
The victim, Sukharam Machra who is posted as an executive engineer with PWD in Pratapgarh, is a native of Housing Board Sector – 8.
A woman posed as an US Navy officer and befriended her on social media channels. She identified herself as Lisa. She told him that she wanted to send some expensive gifts to him. She claimed that she had bought the gifts from a mall in Syria. She conned him into wiring money worth Rs 55.36 lakh and mailed him a bundle of papers. She asked him to keep the bundle in the refrigerator and open it three days later. The officer realized that he had been duped and registered an FIR with Mayur Vihar police in Jodhpur.
The police arrested three Nigerians including Ifiani Justin Lamchi and two others. Police officials said that they are trying to identify other members of this gang. The trio was interrogated by senior police officers.
First published: April 2, 2018