By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY-THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday , arraigned 20 suspected Internet fraudsters before a Federal High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State.
Spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwajiaren, said the accused persons were arrested by men of the Joint Task Force (JTF), in a building located at 56 Siluko Street, Benin City and were handed over to the Commission for further investigation.
He explained that one Peter Sunday (a.k.a Richmon), believed to be the leader of the syndicate was arrested along with 19 others, while 40 computers and other hardware were seized in the raid.
According to him, “the suspects were arrested by the JTF and handed over to us.
The suspects operated from a cyber café, so intricately designed it will never occur to anybody that any criminal activity took place there.
They scammed people from all over the world from inside of a mud house located on No. 56, Siluko Road, which was used to deceive outsiders; no one will think any criminal activity went on inside of the mud house.”
However, the suspects who were slammed with a six-count charge pleaded not
guilty to all the charges. Their Counsel, Barr. Olayiwola Afolabi, laboured to obtain bail for the suspects after the Counsel to the EFCC Gabriel Edobor observed that there was no affidavit before the court to that effect.