Seven Nigerians have been arrested following an operation launched on Thursday by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against a catfishing or “love scam” syndicate in Imus, Cavite.
The suspects are identified as Kenneth Chuku, Ikenna Dickson Okalla, Chukwuma George Adible, Chiboy Stanley Agbasy, Dim Remedios, Abas Kashmir, and Uba Living.
One of the suspects, also a Nigerian was killed in the process.
The slain suspect was identified as Orisakwe Ifeanyi Emmanuel, The Inquirer.net reports. The NBI anti-cybercrime agents swooped down on the suspects’ hideout on Thursday and discovered the alleged cybercrime activities of the syndicate involved in victimizing people online.
The NBI said during the apprehension, one suspect, Orisakwe, grabbed a pistol and attempted to shoot at the operatives but was subdued. However, after his pistol fell, Orisakwe turned and grabbed a hand grenade, prompting the agents to fire at him.
Orisakwe was brought to the nearest hospital but was declared dead on arrival, the NBI said.