Interpol Arrests 75 Cybercrime Suspects Allegedly Linked To Black Axe Cult
INTERPOL has arrested 75 suspects in cybercrime allegedly linked to Nigeria’s black axe cult.
Newsonline Reports said the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) said it had arrested 75 people linked to the Black Ax, one of Nigeria’s largest religious groups.
in Report Interpol, which was published onriday, said it had coordinated a global operation, dubbed “Operation Jackal”, specifically against Black Axe.
The operation involved 14 countries across four continents from September 26 to September 30, 2022.
Interpol described the group as “rapidly becoming a major security threat worldwide”.
Black Ax and similar groups are responsible for the majority of online financial fraud in the world as well as many other serious crimes, according to evidence analyzed by INTERPOL’sinancial Crimes and Anti-Corruption Center (IFCACC) and national law enforcement authorities, the report reads.
In South Africa alone, the two suspects were wanted for online fraud that extorted $1.8 million from victims.
In Italy, the Carabinieri captured three in Campobasso in the course of the operation.
Interpol said during the operation 49 ownership
Accord, 75 were arrested and 1.2 million euros were intercepted in bank accounts.
“The massive amount of assets seized, including 12,000 SIM cards, provided new investigation leads to law enforcement, produced 13 analytical reports and allowed police to identify more than 70 additional suspects,” the report said.
“Luxurious lifestyles and the greed of many suspects – allegedly paid for by defrauding members of the public for their savings and other criminal activities – were clearly visible at their detention sites.
“Various luxury assets were seized, including a residential property, three cars, and tens of thousands of cash.”
Stephen Kavanaugh, Executive Director of Police Services at INTERPOL, said: “Illicit financial money is the lifeblood of transnational organized crime, and we have seen how groups like Black Ax will direct money earned from online financial frauds into other areas of crime, such as drugs and trafficking. By humans.
“These groups require a global response.”