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How public-private cooperation led to cyber-busts in Nigeria

More than 50 people crowded into a Lagos, Nigeria, street one day last spring, shouting in outrage and manhandling four local cops and an American FBI agent who were arresting a neighborhood kid they suspected of running online scams. “I thought we were going to have a riot,” recalls FBI supervisory special agent Dale Miskell. “The people started going nuts.” Neighborhood women felt especially protective of the 18-year-old boy being taken into custody, he says. The officers broke free of what they say was a potential mob, escorted their handcuffed suspect into an armored Chevy Suburban nicknamed the “War Wagon” and made their retreat. “At certain times, you don’t want to hang around,” Miskell says. The arrest was one of the 17 collars, all of them far from quiet or routine, that Miskell helped make during a 30-day trip to Nigeria that spanned April and May last year. Full Story

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