Officers from the National Police have detained a man at the Alicante-Elche Miguel Hernandez airport who was subject to an International Detention Order for Extradition (OID) issued by the Nigerian authorities for a crime of fraud, as reported in a statement.

The fugitive was traveling on a flight from Manchester and, after landing in Spain, he was subjected to the post-Brexit passenger arrivals check resulting by officers protecting the border.

Thus, when the agents carried out checks in the police databases, they observed that this person had an International Arrest Warrant for Extradition issued by Nigeria, with a date in force since November 28, for a crime of fraud.

The events for which he was wanted internationally were committed between 2021 and 2022 in his country. According to police sources, the fugitive deceived an acquaintance of his after convincing her to start an economic project that would benefit both of them. The victim accessed and made transfers to the detainee’s bank account worth $67,000.

After an investigation, the Nigerian authorities discovered that there was no economic project, but that the detainee had used that money for his personal use, for which he was charged with the crime of fraud that could carry a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

The detainee, 33 years old and of Nigerian nationality, was placed at the disposal of the National Court, the body in charge of carrying out the procedures for his subsequent extradition.