A Nigerian man accused of swindling thousands of pesos from a Filipina woman he met on a mobile dating app has been arrested in Las Piñas City, Philippines.
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested one Innocent Uchenna Nkwoka, with aliases Steve Edward and Agulu Prince, and his supposed accomplice Irene Lee Okoro, with alias Jackie Pascual, on January 17.
Another accomplice, a certain Ana Fe Sandoval, remains at large. The NBI said it acted on a complaint of a woman who alleged she was blackmailed by one Prince, whom she met on Tinder in February 2018 and with whom she was supposedly engaged to by August.
The complainant alleged that with encouragement from Prince, she sent more than P50,000 to Sandoval, who claimed she was from the US Embassy, for the processing of her fiancée visa and other fees.
The NBI narrated that the complainant and her family went to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last December to fetch Prince, but that she was told by a self-described Customs employee that he had been held at the Cebu airport for carrying $800,000 into the country.
The complainant “sensed she was being duped” when she was asked to sent P25,000 through a money remittance service for her fiance’s release. .
When she refused, Prince allegedly sent her a message demanding the amount and threatened he will leak her nude photos if she did not comply. This prompted her to send P10,000 to Sandoval.
Prince allegedly demanded money from the complainant and dangled the same threat over her at other times, which made her turn to the NBI. NBI surveillance operations led them to Pascual, who claimed the money sent by the victim. .
Pascual told the investigators that she would meet Prince in Las Piñas, where operatives arrested him and recovered the mobile phone where the complainant’s nude photos were stored.