In Sandton, Interpol South Africa has detained a 28-year-old Nigerian man who is thought to be a member of a cybercrime ring that engages in money laundering, phishing, and other online crimes.
Following a takedown operation, Mr James Junior Aliyu was detained at a posh estate in Sandton, Johannesburg, earlier this week.
On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, just after 10:00 a.m., members of the Interpol National Crime Bureau (NCB) in Pretoria, assisted by officers from the SAPS Gauteng Highway Patrol Unit, swooped in on the upscale estate.
Following a thorough investigation conducted by law enforcement officials from South Africa and the United States of America, the suspect was detained and later appeared at the Randburg Magistrate court before he was remanded in custody to reappear in court on the 5th of July 2022.
United States authorities have applied for his extradition as the investigation originated, and most of his alleged victims are based in the United States.