The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the EFCC, Abuja and Ilorin Zonal Offices have detained thirteen suspected Internet fraudsters in distinct activities.
The anti-graft spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, stated in a declaration that eight of the suspects had been detained following a raid on their residence at No. 16 Isaaya Shukari Crescent, Gwarinpa and C15 & A27 City of David Estate, Life Camp, Abuja.
Part of the statement reads, “Those arrested are: Chiyiri Izuchi. Nurala Eze Kamchi, Amuka Shadrack, Nwegbediegwu Chekwubechukwu J, Chigbo Eze, Franklin Okafor, Ezeagwu Olisaemeka and Nnamani Chukwudera.
“They were arrested on September 9, 2019 following action on intelligence report indicating their involvement in internet fraud.
“Some of the items recovered from them, include several mobile phones, laptop computers, several International Passports, a Toyota Corolla, a Toyota Avalon, Lexus 15 250, Mercedes 4matic C350, Mercedes C280, Mercedes GLA 280 and an Acura.
“The five other suspects arrested in Ilorin by the Commission’s Zonal Office in the Kwara State capital are, Stephen Odanye, Abolarin Kayode, Babatunde Muhammad, Adepoju Tomiwa and Akinbamidele Femi.
“They were arrested in different locations within Ilorin Metropolis following intelligence reports linking them to computer-based fraud”.
However, Uwujaren said it was discovered that the suspects use their phones and laptop computers to communicate with their victims who are majorly foreigners in order to defraud them of their monies.
But investigation has revealed that the suspects received monies, in several foreign currencies, deposited into their accounts by their victims.
Items retrieved from them include telephones, vehicles and papers containing fake data.
The EFCC stated that the suspects would quickly be brought before a tribunal of competent jurisdiction.