The Dubai Police Force has come out to give an account of how they arrested popular Nigerian Instagram Celebrity stars Raymond Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi and Olalekan Jacob Ponle aka Woodbery, alongside with 10 other international cybercriminals.
Dubbed “Fox Hunt 2”, the operation revealed a hidden online fraud network that was committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonation, banking fraud and identity theft.
According to Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation, the suspects were caught in a series of synchronised raids by six SWAT teams. “The operation was carried out in a highly professional manner in terms of planning and execution as well as setting a zero hour to take down all gang members in the same time,” Al Mansouri said.
Al Mansouri said the operation foiled the gang’s bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money. He also lauded the efforts of the task force assigned to the case. “The investigation teams have done a great job in utilising AI-based technologies, including the Criminal Data Analysis Centre, to track down the cyber fraudsters,” Al Mansouri said.