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Suspected Facebook scammers rape, kidnap victims in Delta

The Police Command in Delta says it has apprehended three suspected Facebook scammers, kidnappers and rapists in the state.

Suspected Facebook scammers rape, kidnap victims in Delta
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Edafe said that the suspects were nabbed on Monday by police operatives attached to the Ufuoma Police Division in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the arrest followed a complaint from a lady (name withheld) that she saw one of the hoodlums that kidnapped her on Dec. 11, 2022.

According to Edafe, the victim complained that the suspects

held her hostage at a hotel in the Iwherekpokpor community, Ughelli North, video and also took her nude pictures.

Edafe said the victim reported that the suspects used the video and nude pictures to blackmail and demand for ransom from her parents.

“On receipt of this complaint, the DPO Ufuoma Police Division immediately detailed a combined team of Police detectives and Ekiugbo Community vigilante members and arrested one Cornelius Emene.

“During preliminary investigation, the suspect made useful statement that led to the arrest of two others, Nelson Aghogho and Ufuoma Tunde.

“The suspects also gave account of how they kidnapped another student of the School of Health and Technology, Ofuoma in Ughelli North,” he said.

Edafe said that the modus operandi of the syndicate was to lure unsuspecting young girls on Facebook, took them to a hotel, drug, and gang raped them.

He added that the suspects thereafter held them hostage and demanded ransom from their parents to secure their release.

According to the spokesman, the suspect's phones contained numerous nude photos and video recordings of their previous victims which they used to blackmail the victims and their parents.

Edafe said investigation into the matter was ongoing.

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