Massive raid: EFCC busts 41 suspected Internet fraudsters in Imo, Abuja


Some of the suspected internet fraudsters

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Operatives of the Enugu and Abuja Zonal Commands of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, arrested 41 suspected internet fraudsters in separate operations in Owerri, Imo State and Abuja.

A statement issued by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said the arrest of the suspects was made possible through creditable intelligence received on their alleged involvement in cybercrime.

The suspects arrested in Owerri, numbering 31, include Prince Chukwuemeka Mmirikwe, Onyeachilam James, Ekezier Israel Chidera, Victor Okeafor, Princewill Okoroji, Ozioma Amakodike, Chidebeere Ogu Emmanuel, Mbaeri Eze, Ogbonna Chikamso, Mark Unakalamba, Okebaram Uzoma, Okebaram Ugobueze Emmanuel, Okafor Daniel Uchechuku, Miracle Chukwu, Oparaukwu Udoka and Nwosu Jude.

Other are Kanu Emmanuel, Ohazuruike Christian, Amarakuo Nelson, Moses Chimezie,Winner Nwaigwe, Chukwuma Njoku, Ajueke Ogochukwu Timothy, Ogujiofor Chukwuebuka, Okanume  Franklin, Enyia Promise, Enyia Victor, Emeti Ikenna , Nwokike Arinze, Ogbenna Ikechukwu and Ilobi Chukwuebuka.

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Some of the suspected internet fraudsters
Some of the suspected internet fraudsters

The EFCC said items recovered from the suspects included four vehicles: a Lexus RX 350 with registration number ABJ-615-DQ, one Toyota Camry with the registration number YAB- 560-SK, a Toyota Highlander with registration number YAB- 418-CE and one Lexus RX350 with registration number WER-251-LS; several mobile phones, laptops and other incriminating items.

The commission said the 10 suspects arrested in the Kubwa and Dawaki axis of the Federal Capital Territory included Pabbor John Oyin, Joshua Joel, John Asemota, Abakpa Samuel and Joseph Miles. Others are Israel Kue, Nathaniel Monibidor, Eghosa Balogun, Junior Salami and Moses Modupe.

It added that two vehicles (Corolla LE and Venza SUV), four laptops and fourteen mobile phone were recovered from them.

The commission said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as  investigations were concluded.

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