Two Nigerian nationals who were in India on a business-visa were nabbed by Ghaziabad Special Operations Group for cheating and forgery. The duo had allegedly duped an engineering student of Rs 10 lakh by offering him promotional prize money over phone.
Namadi Nawakale and Prince Owina Benjamin, who currently reside in Vasant Vihar, were arrested from GT Road near Ghanta Ghar on Saturday. They had allegedly sent promotional mobile messages to various people, offering them 5 million pounds.
Falling into their trap, an 18-year-student in December 2011, deposited a total of R10 lakh into various bank accounts as instructed by the accused.
“They kept on charging money on the pretext of travelling charges, conversion of Pounds to Indian Rupees (INR) and internet transfer charges. They also sent me a mail which had an RBI logo and a link,” the complainant said.
The duo denied the charges and said they have been in India since 2010 and ran a garment business in Delhi and Rajasthan.
“They are not cooperating with us. They belong to an international gang that has members in Malaysia, London, Delhi, and Mumbai. Their accomplices have withdrawn the deposited money,” added Raghubir Lal, senior superintendent of police.
Officials said the matter would be reported to embassy officials and also to the Delhi Police for investigation. Police seized bundles of fake black-coloured dollars, fake passport papers, a coded cash vault and dozens of documents related to the transactions.
A case under sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of IPC and section 66/67 of the IT Act was registered at Ghaziabad.