The Nigeria Police Force has said that its International Police, INTERPOL unit has arrested a Nigerian fraud suspect, Itumo Anthony Chidebere, in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, UAE, for allegedly defrauding a businesswoman of about $2 million.
A statement issued by deputy force public relation officer, Frank Mba stated on Wednesday inAbuja that the unit in conjunction with its counterpart in Abu-Dhabi made the arrest.
The suspect, an indigene of Ebonyi State, was said to have fled to Dubai, after allegedly defrauding the unnamed businesswoman in June last year.
Disguising as an estate broker, the 35-year-old suspect was said to have swindled his victim on the pretense that he was going to buy her a house in Dubai but disappeared after collecting the money.
Mba stated that Nigeria INTERPOL unit was making efforts with its UAE counterpart and the federal ministry of justice to facilitate the extradition of the suspect to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has commended the unit for the arrest and other successes recorded in international anti-crime operations.
He reaffirmed the determination of the Force to bring to justice all criminals connected with international crimes, promising to strengthen the bond between the Nigeria Police and their counterparts in other countries in resolving all trans-border crimes.
Abubakar also advised Nigerians in the Diaspora to steer clear of fraud, drug trafficking and other crimes, noting that engaging in criminal activities could bring the image of Nigeria to disrepute