The thriving illegality of 33 three internet fraudsters came to an abrupt end today following their arrest by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Lagos and Enugu.
EFFC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement, said that seventeen of the suspects were arrested in Lagos while 16 others were nabbed at Enugu. Uwujaren added that the suspects would be arraigned as soon as investigations were concluded.
They were arrested in an Estate around the Ikota axis of Lagos following credible intelligence received by the Commission on the illegal activities of some individuals allegedly involved in computer fraud.
The 16 suspected fraudsters arrested in Enugu were apprehended at Premier Layout axis of Enugu.
The suspects are Ovu Chimezie, Junior Gentle Pepple, Nwoye Paul, Ezeoke Chimelue, Innocent Kenechukwu, Tochukwu Igbonekwu, Chigozie Oguanya,Nwachukwu Daniel and Charles Duru Chibuzor. Others are Anderson D. Ugochukwu , Chinedu Nwasu, Obiora Martin Ugonna, Nwabueze Chidindu, Nwabueze Samuel Nnaemeka, Okechukwu Collins.D and Nwabueze Benjamin Ikenna.
Preliminary investigation links them with suspected impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding unsuspecting foreign nationals.
Items recovered from the suspects include one Lexus ES350 with registration number EPE113 HB , a Mercedes Benz E350 with registration number RSH 201 BP , another Mercedes Benz with registration number UWN 338 MP and one Toyota Camry with registration number JRV 944 KL; and several phones and laptops.