- The EFCC has continued its clampdown on internet fraudsters across the country
- Attention has shifted to Edo state where the Benin zonal office of the commission have made some arrests
- The suspects, who are between the ages of 20 to 35 were arrested in a hotel at Uromi
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Benin zonal office on Saturday, May 4, arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters during an early morning raid at Uromi, Edo state.
According to a statement posted on EFCC social media pages, the suspects, who are between the ages of 20 to 35 were arrested in a hotel at Uromi.
Upon their arrest, 23 phones and three laptops were recovered from them. Three luxury cars, Lexus R330, C300 4 Matic and GLK 350 4Matic were also recovered from them.
The raid which was sequel to series of intelligence gathering by operatives of the zone is in line with the directive of the acting EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu to rid the state and indeed the entire country of internet fraud and cyber-crime.
The suspects have made useful statements and will soon be charged to court.
The raid is coming few days after the south-east zonal office of the EFCC, on Wednesday, May 1, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
The arrest followed a raid on some targeted residences in Okwu Urata, Aladinma and Egbu areas.
The commission said its action followed intelligence report which pointed that the suspects were living lavish lifestyles without any known means of livelihood, alleging further that they specialize in defrauding unsuspecting victims, through the internet.
In the course of executing the search warrants, items which included laptop computers, 25 five exotic cars, which include several brands of Mercedez-Benz, Lexus, Toyota and expensive mobile phones, were recovered.
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