Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested eight people, including seven Nigerians, on charges of fraudulence in the capital’s different areas in last two days.
They are Ugochukwu Alfred alias William, Anukwu Donatus Eswealor, Chidi Ibewuike, Michael Onyedika Nneji, Obum Samuel Chukwu Dulo, Henry Esiak, Anayo Ogagba and Bangladeshi Md Ariful Islam. The Nigerians were all staying in Bangladesh illegally, said Khandakar Lutful Kabir, commanding officer of Rab-4, at a press briefing.
Rab seized 22 mobile phones, one laptop, two modems, SIM cards, 3,500 Nigerian Naira, US$301, and Tk 1.41 lakh from them.
One of the victims, Brishti Begum of Jhalkathi, got an SMS of a winning lottery and was instructed by Alfred to deposit Tk 1.6 lakh into Ariful Islam and Mahmuda Begum’s accounts on November 21 and November 23 respectively for the payment of custom duty as the parcel was sent from London.
After depositing, as Brishti went to receive the parcel from airport office on November 23, she found nothing. William’s mobile phone was also switched off.
On December 4, Brishti got a call from the gang asking her to bring Tk 50,000 and take the parcel from Mirpur the next evening.
Based on Brishti’s complaint, Rab made the arrests, claimed a Rab press release.