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Nigerian man arrested in India for defrauding woman of N31m

A Nigerian national, Bernard Chukwunonsu has been arrested in India for allegedly duping a woman of N31 million after promising to marry her.

The 26 year old Bernard, a resident of Uttam Nagar in New Delhi, was arrested by Surat police on Sunday.

“The accused befriended the woman through social media and promised to marry her. The accused and his friend later called her, posing as Immigration department officers,” Surat Commissioner of Police, Ajay Kumar Tomar said.

“They told her that her boyfriend has been caught and a parcel has been seized from him,” he explained. .

“The caller demanded money to release her boyfriend and the parcel. The woman then deposited Rs 57.39 lakh in the bank account of the accused between December 1 and December 12. After a few days, the accused stopped picking up her calls,” Mr Tomar added.

Police registered an offense under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) , 420 (cheating), 120(b) (criminal conspiracy), and relevant sections of the IT Act.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor