THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) on Thursday says 13 suspected internet fraudsters were arrested in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and Kwara State respectively in separate operations.
According to the anti-graft body, eight of the suspects were arrested after a raid at their apartment located at No. 16 Isaaya Shukari Crescent, Gwarinpa and C15 & A27 City of David Estate, Life Camp.
They included: Chiyiri Izuchi. Nurala Eze Kamchi, Amuka Shadrack, Nwegbediegwu Chekwubechukwu J, Chigbo Eze, Franklin Okafor, Ezeagwu Olisaemeka and Nnamani Chukwudera.
Those arrested by the commission’s Zonal Office in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital were Stephen Odanye, Abolarin Kayode, Babatunde Muhammad, Adepoju Tomiwa and Akinbamidele Femi.
In a statement issued by the commission, they were arrested based on intelligence report indicating their involvement in internet fraud.
“Some of the items recovered from the Abuja suspects, 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.
“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.”
The statement reads further that, “the suspects received monies, in several foreign currencies, deposited into their accounts by their victims.
“Items recovered from them include, phones, cars and documents containing false information”.