The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, said it arrested seven undergraduates in Lagos for alleged internet fraud.
A statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said a surprise dawn raid on two houses at Lekki County Homes and Lekki Phase One, both in the Eti-Osa local government area of Lagos State on April 6, yielded the arrest of seven suspects, all undergraduates between of 21 and 29 years old, studying various courses in some of the nation’s tertiary institutions.
The raid followed intelligence report on their alleged involvement in sundry Internet scams.
The suspects include Elete Fred Debi, a 500-level student of Physics/Production Technology of the University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State; Ese Iriruaga, 300-level student of Geology, Delta State University, Abraka; and Couson Jimmy, 300-level student of Computer Science, Benson Idahosa, University, Benin-City, Edo State.
Others are Anthony Onos, 200-level student of Political Science, Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State; Omene Stephen, 200-level student of Computer Science, University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State; Kome Emmanuel, 200-level student of Petroleum Engineering, University of Port-Harcourt and Shola Muyiwa of the Petroleum Training Institute, Effurun, Delta State.
“The suspects have all made useful statements. One of them, Shola Muyiwa, confessed that, he recently collected $100 from one of his victims, Dora Hunt, based in North Carolina, United States of America,” the EFCC spokesman said.
Uwujaren said various items were recovered from the suspects such as laptop computers, expensive phones, ipads and exotic cars, including a Range Rover Evogue; Honda Crosstour, Mercedeze Benz C 300 4matic, S 300 Mercedes Benz and Acura ZDX SUV.
He disclosed that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.