Suspected Nigerian Cyber Fraudster Nabbed In Ghana Facing US Extradition
Ghana Immigration Service is to hand over a Nigerian businessman, Martins Eze Obina to International Police INTERPOL to face United States’ District Court over fraud-related charges. The Chief Superintendent of the Immigration (CSI) Adolf Abogye Asenso, said the GIS had also received an FBI alert indicating that suspect
was a member of a transnational cyber syndicate and a hacker. The court also presided over by Mr Emmanuel Essandoh, obliged GIS’s request and offered the Service one week so that Obina could go through the extradition processes to the US. It held that the court should be updated of the accused’s extradition process, after one
week. Obina’s extradition came to light after the court had ordered the GIS to produce Obina in court. Obina through his lawyers had filed an application for bail after the GIS arrested him for also obtaining Ghana’s Residence permit through false declaration. According to CSI Asenso, Obina had been put before a Kaneshie
District Court for acquiring Ghana’s Resident permit through false declaration. The District Court preserved Obina’s plea and his lawyer, Mr Paul Abarigah, said the Circuit Court had granted Obina bail hence the district court did not set out any bail condition. CSI Asenso produced the USA District Court arrest warrant to the
court, saying Obina had been indicted in the USA in the year 2021. According to him, the suspect resided in a rented apartment at Teshie and therefore, he could abscond. Additionally, CSI Asenso said Obina was a shareholder in a company in Ghana, but checks at the Registrar General’s Department also indicated that the
company was a sole proprietor firm and Obina could not be a shareholder in sole proprietorship. CSI Asenso opposed bail application for suspect because of the existence of an arrest warrant, adding that Obina was flight risk and when granted bail, he would abscond.