…launches Cybercrime Reporting Portal
By: Okosun Dennis
As part of the efforts at ensuring ease of crime reportage by members of the public and to enable prompt investigation, arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime and other related offences, the Nigerian Police Force has unveiled a Cybercrime Reporting Web Portal.
The portal which can be accessed by clicking on the link https://incb.police.gov.ng/ would cater for complaints pertaining to cybercrimes.
The Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba who disclosed this development in Abuja on Thursday explained that the victims/complainants can now report cases of cybercrime online, at any time and from any part of the world.
Also, he disclosed the arrest of three suspects, identified as Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT, 32, and currently residing at Lekki, Lagos State, and native of Aro-Ikpa in Abia State; Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy 34, and Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz, 35, of Prof’s Avenue, Umudagu, Mbieri, Mba-itolu Local Government Area, Imo State have been arrested by the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja.
Explaining further how it would work, said “The cases are promptly attended to by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force domiciled with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Force Headquarters, Abuja and the newly created Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The new portal would provide updates on achievements being recorded by the Nigeria Police and will, among other things, avail the citizens knowledge of basic cyber-related issues such as emerging cybercrime trends, the modus operandi of the cyber crooks and offer tips on how citizens could make themselves less vulnerable within the cyberspace.
“The Force urges potential users of the portal to ensure that only correct and accurate information, devoid of deliberate falsehood, misrepresentation and misinformation, are provided when filing their complaints.
Meanwhile, the three suspects were arrested following Intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore on global attacks by Nigerian cyber gangs who engaged in mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malwares aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.
Police findings so far revealed that one of the suspects, Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz specializes in creating, designing, selling of phishing links and hosting malwares on website used by the gang for phishing and hacking purposes.
“He collects charges running into several millions of naira from other fraudsters he mentors and improves their phishing capabilities.”
Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT, a graduate of Business Administration from Imo State University specialises in business email compromise and hacking.
“A comprehensive forensic analysis revealed that he had in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world.
“He recruited the third suspect Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy, a medical student of Imo State University, into the gang.
“Ikechukwu Ohanedozie sorts and profiles e-mail accounts to determine financial strengths of prospective victims and passes on information obtained therefrom to Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere.
DCP Mba added that all the suspects would be charged to court on conclusion of investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in protecting the cyber space and bringing all cyber criminals to justice.
He further reassured of the confidentiality of all reports and complaints made to the Police through the cyber portal.