Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) have arrested a Nigerian national and his lover who are involved in an internet love scam worth PHP2.2 million in Bacoor City, Cavite.
In a statement on Thursday, November 3, 2022, Lt. Michael Bernardo, team leader of Quezon City District Anti Cybercrime Team identified the suspects as Ikenna Onuoha, 37, and Jacel Ann Paderan, 28.
He said the suspects were arrested in an operation by QCDACT and the Quezon City District Special Operation Unit personnel in Molino, Bacoor City, Cavite on November 1, 2022.
Police said the Nigerian national and Paderan were apparently lovers but that the victim, whose name was withheld by authorities, was also the Nigerian suspect’s lover.
Police said the Nigerian man and the victim met on an online dating app and had been in a relationship since April 2020.
The suspects have pending arrest warrants for swindling/estafa issued by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 230.
The case stemmed from the complaint of Onuoha’s victim whom he met at a dating site.
According to the victim, her relationship with the suspect started in April 2020. The suspect then introduced himself as a Turkish national named “Demir Balik”.