Four Nigerians were arrested in the Philippines by agents from the National Bureau of Investigation Cebu Division Office (NBI CEBDO) for allegedly falsifying government IDs and other documents to be used in online scams.
They were apprehended after the NBI raided a house in a subdivision in Barangay Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City.
Augustine Onyekachi Nkowachi, Tosen Samuel Oguntoye, Chubuike Joseph Nwokoro, and Christopher Okeke were named as suspects.
The four Nigerians will be charged with multiple counts of document falsification.
The operation was carried out after the girlfriend of one of the suspects approached the office for help because she was allegedly persuaded by the suspects to help them create fake identification in her name.
After obtaining fake IDs, the suspects forced her to open several bank accounts that will be used to facilitate transactions related to an online scam.
According to agent Atty Nio Rodriguez, the suspects began their operation in April 2022.
Arnel Pura, the agent in charge, stated that they will be coordinating with the Nigerian embassy in Manila to learn more about the suspects’ backgrounds.
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