Nigeria: Kaduna State University Students Fall Victim to Internet Fraud: Three Perpetrators Apprehended

Nigeria: Kaduna State University Students Fall Victim to Internet Fraud: Three Perpetrators Apprehended

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a significant breakthrough, police operatives in Kaduna have successfully dismantled an internet fraud syndicate responsible for duping Kaduna State University (KASU) students of an estimated N60 million. The apprehension of three key suspects sheds light on a sophisticated cybercrime operation that targeted unsuspecting students, exploiting the online payment system for tuition fees.

The arrested individuals identified as Muhammad Uthman Busari from Nariya Kaduna, AbdulAzeez Hamza from Hayin Dan-mani Kaduna, and Noel Nims Audiya were primarily operating cybercafes. Their modus operandi involved compromising the students’ registration portal, taking advantage of those opting to pay their fees online rather than through conventional banking platforms.

According to ASP Mansir Hassan, the spokesperson for the Kaduna Police, the suspects engaged in a deceitful practice. “The suspects often collect tuition fees from students in full but will pay a lesser amount into the state’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) and go further to intercept and manipulate the electronic transaction receipts from the TSA to read complete payment.”

The scope of their fraudulent activities extended to over three hundred students of KASU, with the total amount involved estimated at over sixty million naira. Muhammad Uthman Busari, the principal suspect, utilized the ill-gotten gains to construct and furnish a house, purchase a car, acquire electronic appliances, gadgets, and plots of land in both Kaduna and Kwara States.

The police have taken swift action, charging the suspects to court for prosecution. This case underscores the increasing prevalence of cybercrimes targeting educational institutions and highlights the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures.

To address the rising tide of computer-related crimes, the Kaduna Police Command has established a dedicated cybercrime unit. Commissioner of Police CP A.D. Ali initiated this unit to investigate offenses related to cybercrimes comprehensively. Hassan urged victims of social media account hacking, fake purchase alerts, deceptive social romance, cryptocurrency, and forex frauds to report their complaints to the Commissioner of Police through the newly created unit for diligent investigation.

This development serves as a reminder of the evolving nature of criminal activities in the digital age, necessitating proactive measures to safeguard individuals and institutions from falling prey to cybercriminals. As law enforcement agencies adapt to the changing landscape, collaborative efforts and public awareness are crucial in curbing the menace of cybercrimes within the state.

In parallel, the broader societal implications of such crimes call for continuous education and vigilance to ensure that individuals are equipped with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves against digital threats. As the legal proceedings unfold, this case acts as a catalyst for heightened awareness and the ongoing battle against cybercrime in the region.

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