BENIN — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 20 suspected internet fraudsters.
The arrest, said to have been carried out in a joint operation with officers of the 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin, followed intelligence report on their activities.
They were nabbed in a surprise raid on their cyber office tucked in an old building located on Siluko Road, Benin City.
At the point of arrest, the fraudsters had in their possession 45 laptops of different make, 28 telephone sets, eight internet mobile modems and one Nissan car with number plate USL 375 AG.
The suspected fraudsters who are mostly in their twenties include: Idehen Obabueki, Adesa Lucky, Usuagu Uche, Eloghosa Olikiabor, Larry Edomwonyi, Amowie Maike, Francis Ezegbede, Itua Samuel and Endurance John Egbeifo. Others are Amego Ovenseri, Iyen Ighodaro, Philip Agbodori, Lucky Robinson, Nnadi Obinna, Osabuohien Osahon, Chinenu Eze, Peter Sunday, Solomon Ogu, Niyi Femi and Osagie Aghedo.
The suspects were said to have made useful statements. Most of them confessing to be engaged in online dating of foreigners particularly widows. They also confessed to using different pseudo names and faces to deceive their prospective victims.
According to the police, they will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.