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EFCC arrests 13 suspected internet fraudsters in Abuja, Ilorin

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The agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Abuja and Ilorin zonal offices, have arrested thirteen suspected Internet scammers in separate operations.

Nigeria News report that the anti-graft spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement that eight of the suspects were arrested after a raid on their residence located at number 16 of Isaaya Shukari Crescent, Gwarinpa and C15 & A27 City of David Estate, Life Camp, Abuja.

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Part of the statement says: “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 after an action on an intelligence report indicating their participation in Internet fraud.

“Some of the items recovered from them include several mobile phones, laptops, several international passports, a Toyota Corolla, a Toyota Avalon, Lexus 15 250, Mercedes 4matic C350, Mercedes C280, Mercedes GLA 280 and an Acura.

“The other five suspects arrested in Ilorin by the Zonal Office of the Commission in the state capital of Kwara are Stephen Odanye, Abolarin Kayode, Babatunde Muhammad, Adepoju Tomiwa and Akinbamidele Femi.

“They were arrested in different places within Ilorin Metropolis after intelligence reports that linked them to computer fraud.”

However, Uwujaren said it was discovered that the suspects use their phones and laptops to communicate with their victims, who are mainly foreigners, in order to defraud them.

But the investigation has revealed that the suspects received money, in several foreign currencies, deposited in their accounts by their victims.

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Items recovered from them include phones, cars and documents that contain false information.

EFCC said the suspects would soon be prosecuted before a court of competent jurisdiction.