3 Nigerians nabbed for 'love scam'

Published February 20, 2022, 3:16 PM

by Jun Ramirez

Three Nigerians were arrested in the joint operation of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for their alleged involvement in fraud and scamming operations.

BI intelligence chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. Identified the aliens as Shaka Hashimu Dirisu, 41; Anih Chinedu Miracle, 27; and Gabriel Daniel Evans, 31.

In a report to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Manahan said trio were involved in a love scam, targeting Filipinas they meet online, and defrauding them large sums of money.

“We are also investigating their links to a South African organized crime group and other fraudulent activities, as well as looking into possible cohorts that are still in the country,” said Manahan.

Manahan said they are using several aliases and have been overstaying in the country.

He said they will be deported for overstaying, misrepresentation and for being undesirable aliens.

Last month, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation arrested two Nigerians for their alleged involvement in an online banking fraud that affected at least 700 clients of a major banking institution.