By Olubunmi Adeniyi
Lagos. February 4, 2013: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 20 youths over allegations of Internet fraud.
According to a statement released by the EFCC, the suspects were arrested in Benin, the capital city of Edo state.
Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesman says the Commission had received an intelligence report on the illegal operations of the suspects.
“Following an intelligence report on their activities, they were nabbed in a surprise raid on their Cyber office tucked in an old building located on Siluko Road, Benin City,” Uwujaren says in a statement following the sting operation.
According to him, EFCC operatives carried out the raid in conjunction with officers from the 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin.
The suspects who are mostly in their 20s include: Idehen Obabueki, Adesa Lucky, Usuagu Uche, Eloghosa Olikiabor, Larry Edomwonyi, Amowie Maike, Francis Ezegbede, Itua Samuel and Endurance John Egbeifo. Others are Amego Ovenseri, Iyen Ighodaro, Philip Agbodori, Lucky Robinson, Nnadi Obinna, Osabuohien Osahon, Chinenu Eze, Peter Sunday, Solomon Ogu, Niyi Femi and Osagie Aghedo.
“At the point of arrest, the fraudsters had in their possession forty five (45) laptops of different make, twenty eight telephone sets, eight internet mobile modems and one Nissan car with registration number USL 375 AG,“ according to EFCC.
He adds that the Commission is concluding its investigations on the case and the suspects will soon be charged to the law court.