Malaysian police have arrested 15 Nigerians in a single fell swoop on suspicions of being engaged within the enterprise of swindling folks. Of the 15, three are girls.
The yet-to-be recognized suspects are aged between 25 and 43.
The arrests got here as some Nigerians within the nation are protesting the loss of life in detention of a Nigerian PhD pupil and father of two, Thomas Orhionsefe Ewansiha, who reportedly died in immigration custody, after being wrongly arrested by the nation’s immigration officers.
The deceased had legitimate paperwork to justify his keep in Malaysia, however was arrested throughout a raid in Amanpuri and was taken to a deportation camp in Jalan Duta the place he reportedly died.
The incident has led to a protest on the Nigerian embassy in Malaysia.
It was not clear whether or not Ewansiha was among the many 15 arrested by the Malaysian police between 2 July and seven July. However Amanpuri is north of Kuala Lumpur, which suggests there should have been a number of raids in opposition to Nigerians by the Malay police.
State police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop stated the Nigerians had been arrested at separate areas in Port Dickson and Mambau and in Puchong, Selangor.
In keeping with him, the arrests adopted the arrest of a 54 year-old Malaysian lady who had allowed one of many Nigerian suspects to make use of her checking account in a fraud case.
“With the arrests, we have opened 33 investigation papers involving a sum of RM1.5 million nationwide,” he informed reporters in Serembam on Wednesday. Serembam is about 70 kms south of Malyasian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Mohamad stated that 4 of the suspects didn’t have passports whereas two had been college students learning at a non-public faculty, the Star newspaper reported.
9 others had been within the nation on social go to passes.
“We seized laptops, mobile phones and cash from the suspects. The gadgets have been sent for forensic tests and we expect to see more cases,” he stated.
He stated the instances had been being investigated underneath Part 420 of the Penal Code for dishonest and flouting the Immigration Act.
Mohamad stated the Malaysian lady pleaded responsible when charged on the Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom on Monday and fined RM10,000.
Nevertheless, she was ordered to serve eight months in jail, as she couldn’t provide you with the cash to pay the advantageous.
In keeping with The Star, the arrested Nigerians had been all the time on the transfer, figuring out of rented flats, condominiums or homes in respected residential areas.
Their enterprise was swindling folks and for the 15 Nigerian suspects, it got here to an abrupt finish with their arrests.