Two Nigerian nationals, Akuchie Ifeanyi Franklin and Fidel Ndubuisi, have been apprehended by India Police for alleged involvement in online fraud. 

The cyber police in Kerala arrested Akuchie, from Bengaluru on Monday, January 23, 2023, following a complaint by a Nallalam resident who had reportedly lost about N11m in the fraud operated by the suspect and his two aides.

Information available indicates that the complainant placed an advertisement on an e-commerce portal for selling imported iPads.

The accused, who expressed interest in purchasing the products, allegedly forged the domain of Wells Fargo, an American bank, and convinced the complainant that he could complete the transaction provided that the complainant made a temporary payment of 20 lakh to his account. 

The accused was also alleged to have forged a WhatsApp account and sent messages in the names of Reserve Bank of India officials to mislead the seller. Later, he claimed that he would return the amount to the seller once the formalities were over. 


It was in March 2022 that the complaint was registered at the cyber police station. Meanwhile, the police had earlier arrested two of Franklin’s Nigerian partners — Emmanuel James Legbeti and Daniel Oyewale Olayinka. 

The operatives confiscated a few electronic devices that were used by the suspects.


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