17 July 2018

Nigeria: Benin Arrests Nigerian Students for Alleged Cybercrime

Abuja — BENIN has released seven Nigerian students that were among 12 tertiary scholars arrested on allegations of cybercrime.

Authorities in Benin alleged that based on intelligence, the students were placed on surveillance and were allegedly caught red-handed.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora to the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, confirmed the release of some students.

The Nigeria Consular in Benin secured the release after series of negotiations.

"Efforts are on to secure the release of the remaining five," Dabiri-Erewa said.

The envoy repeated her pleas to Nigerians living in other countries to avoid crime.

"All Nigerians must be law abiding in their respective abode and must shun any act capable of tarnishing the good image of Nigeria," she said.

Dabiri-Erewa however pledged government's commitment to intervene if Nigerians were discriminated against.

Kayode Oguntuase, the Nigerian Ambassador to Benin, disclosed that a meeting had been scheduled with judicial authorities to address the alleged indiscriminate arrest of Nigerians and ensure fair trial for suspects.

Nigeria is infamously known as the scam capital of the world.

The scams are believed to have originated in the 1980s as the oil-based Nigerian economy declined.

Unemployed university students were largely blamed for the cybercrime.


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