Greater Noida: Nigerian national held for duping Nashik woman he met on matrimonial site
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Greater Noida: Nigerian national held for duping Nashik woman he met on matrimonial site

The Nigerian national was arrested from Greater Noida by a team of Maharashtra police accompanied by their counterparts from Gautam Budh Nagar

noida Updated: Jul 24, 2017 23:44 IST
Hindustan Times
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The man was arrested by Nashik police from his house in Greater Noida’s Delta 2 sector on Monday.(HTPHOTO)

A Nigerian national was arrested by the Maharashtra police from Greater Noida on Monday afternoon for allegedly duping a Nashik-based woman of around Rs2 lakh after befriending her on a matrimonial website.

A team of Maharashtra police, along with their counterparts from Gautam Budh Nagar, searched a residential apartment in Delta 2 sector to arrest the man, but faced resistance from other African nationals in the housing society. It was only after an hour of tussle that police gained access to the building and arrested the man, identified as Kingsley Chibukem from Nigeria. He has been staying in Greater Noida on a student’s visa for a couple of years, police said.

According to the police, Chibukem befriended a woman through the matrimonial website and duped her of over Rs2 lakh on the pretext of sending her an expensive gift from Sri Lanka. Police added that the 32-year-old told the woman that he worked for a London-based food company to gain her trust. Later, he told her that he was going to Sri Lanka on an assignment and was sending her an expensive gift.

“A few days later, the woman got a call asking her to deposit Rs42,500 for redeeming a courier against her name. A few days after she deposited the said amount in a bank account, she again got a call and this time, the caller claimed to be calling from Mumbai airport, asking her to pay customs duty of Rs1.25 lakh to claim her ‘big’ gift. The woman again deposited the same,” said Pankaj Bhalerao, assistant sub-inspector, Nashik police.

After depositing around Rs1.7 lakh, the woman again got a call asking her for Rs75,000. This time, she grew suspicious and lodged a complaint with Ozar police station in Nashik district, police said.

Bhalerao said, “We traced the call details and found that the calls were made from Greater Noida.”

The Maharashtra police on Monday produced Chibukem before the Surajpur court and obtained his transit remand to take him to Nashik for further questioning.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 23:44 IST