WhatsApp number of OCAC CEO hacked: Arrested Nigerian is not mastermind

Bhubaneswar: The arrested Nigerian Okwudiri Paschal is not the prime accused in the hacking of WhatsApp account of the CEO of the Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC), informed Crime Branch Additional Director General (ADG) Sanjeeb Panda on Wednesday.

ADG also said that a two-member team of Odisha Crime Branch led by a DSP are currently in Bengaluru and are interrogating the arrested Nigerian national Paschal.

The disclosure came up during interrogation of Paschal, who was arrested by a team of Delhi Police from Bengaluru recently. A two-member team of the Odisha Crime Branch has already interrogated Paschal in Bengaluru.

Paschal was in charge of withdrawing the duped money from ATMs and the technical aspect of the crime was being executed by other persons. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to arrest other accused, he added. Paschal was arrested from Bangalore by Delhi police.

Earlier this month, another Nigerian aid, identified as Maurice, was arrested from a rented house in Delhi following which several related information have been extracted from him regarding similar cyber crimes. Maurice was already declared as most wanted by Delhi police.

It is pertinent to mention that a similar incident of cyber crime took place in New Delhi on November 1 where the Nigerian fraudsters used to send malicious links following which they were able to take over that WhatsApp control of the particular user. The main accused in this case, identified as Chimelan Emaluen Anuetalu, was arrested earlier. He was allegedly the mastermind behind all such cyber crimes.

Odisha Crime Branch has been in constant touch with Delhi and Bangalore police teams to crack down the cyber crime.

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