As part of efforts aimed at ensuring ease in crime reporting, the Nigeria Police Force has unveiled a Cybercrime Reporting Web Portal.
This was disclosed on Thursday, November 29, 2020 by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.
According to the Force PRO, this is to enable prompt investigation, arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime and other related offences, when reported by members of the public.
He said that the portal could be accessed by clicking on the link – https://incb.police.gov.ng/.
Mba spoke further that the portal would cater for complaints pertaining to cybercrimes.
“With this, victims/complainants can now report cases of cybercrime online at any time, and from any part of the world.
“The cases are promptly attended to by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force, domiciled with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Force Headquarters, Abuja, and the newly created Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The new portal will provide updates on achievements being recorded by the Nigeria Police and will, among other things, avail the citizens the knowledge of basic cyber-related issues, such as emerging cybercrime trends, the modus operandi of the cyber crooks, and offer tips on how citizens could make themselves less vulnerable within the cyberspace,” he stated.
Mba added: “The Force urges potential users of the portal to ensure that only correct and accurate information, devoid of deliberate falsehood, misrepresentation and misinformation, are provided when filing their complaints.”
Meanwhile, three suspects have been arrested by the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja.
The suspects were identified as Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT (32), currently residing at Lekki, Lagos State, and an indigene of Aro-Ikpa in Abia State; Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy (34); and Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz (35), of Prof’s Avenue, Umudagu, Mbieri, Mba-itolu Local Government Area of Imo State.
DCP Mba disclosed that the three suspects were arrested following intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore, on global attacks by Nigerian cyber gangs, who engage in mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malwares.
He said that their activities were aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.
“Findings so far have revealed that of the three suspects, Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz specialised in creating, designing, selling of phishing links and hosting malwares on website used by the gang for phishing and hacking purposes.
“He collects charges running into several millions of naira from other fraudsters he mentors, and improves their phishing capabilities.
“Chidiebere a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT, a graduate of Business Administration from Imo State University, specialises in business email compromise and hacking.
“A comprehensive forensic analysis revealed that he had in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites, including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world.
“He recruited the third suspect Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy, a medical student of Imo State University, into the gang.
“Ohanedozie sorts and profiles e-mail accounts to determine financial strengths of prospective victims, and passes on information obtained therefrom to Chidiebere.”
He said that all the suspects would be charged to court after the conclusion of investigation, and would be prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.
He added that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has reaffirmed the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force in protecting the cyber space and bringing all cyber criminals to book.
“The IGP reassures all citizens of confidentiality of all reports and complaints made to the Police through the cyber portal,” Mba stated further.