Interpol arrests 75 cybercrime suspects ‘linked’ to Black Axe


The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) says it has arrested 75 persons linked to Black Axe, one of Nigeria’s biggest cult groups.

Interpol arrests 75 cybercrime suspects ‘linked’ to Black Axe

In a report published on Friday, Interpol said it coordinated a global operation, codenamed ‘Operation Jackal’, specifically against Black Axe.

The operation involved 14 countries across four continents from September 26 to September 30, 2022.

The international police described the group as one that is “rapidly becoming a major security threat worldwide”.

The report reads, ” Black Axe and similar groups are responsible for the majority of the world’s cyber-enabled financial fraud as well as many other serious crimes, according to evidence analyzed by Interpol’s Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption Centre (IFCACC) and national law enforcement.

“In South Africa alone, the two suspects arrested were wanted for online scams that extracted USD 1.8 million from victims.

“In Italy, the Carabinieri made three arrests in Campobasso within the framework of the operation.”

Interpol said in the course of the operation, 49 properties were searched, 75 arrests made, and 1.2 million Euro intercepted in bank accounts.

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