A total of sixty three internet fraudsters, popularly known as “Yahoo Yahoo Boys,” have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This was disclosed in three statements issued on Monday by EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren said operatives of the EFCC, Benin Zonal Office, in the wee hours of Sunday, May 9, 2021 arrested 52 suspected internet fraudsters.
He added that the suspects were arrested in different locations in Benin City sequel to actionable intelligence.
He gave the names of those arrested as Wisdom Attah, Alasa Solomon Osho, Jonathan Udofia, Emmanuel Udofia, Oyinbo Tejiri, Edoghogho Onsemudiana, Aisosa Ajayi, Paul Thomas Obinna, Osazuwa Osayamen, Madago Victor, Godwin Emmanuel, William Omorebokhae, Ezemo Junior, Iyamu Iyaro, Umoru Monsura, Efomwonyi Daniel, Omoruyi Lucky, Odion Omonzokpia, Aderho Collins, Ereomah Emmanuel, Eric Obi Ugo, Emmanuel Godwills, Solomon Lucky, Charles Endurance, Ehibor Abraham Ebuwa, Okosun Wesley and Oyase Destiny.
Others are Elvis Ohikhuore, Ugo Nweke, Faithful Omagbemi, Shuaibu McClinton, Edward Chumosa, Onoriode Precious, Emmanuel Precious, Adenegbe Hope Osaze, Kennedy Emma, Terry Edorodion, Edosa Rollins, Miller Ikuobase, Godwin Kelechi., Ogbolu Israel Uche, Okpodu Samson, Awosadere Daniel, Samuel Asenguah, Ugo Nweke, Charles Irengunju, ThankGod Udofa, Erickson Ororisela, Asemota Terry, Enaboakpe Robert , Odili Wisdom and Osawaru Martins
According to him, items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, laptop computers, mobile phones, documents and identity cards
“The suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed,” he noted.
In a similar vein, operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the anti-graft agency have arrested a syndicate of 5 suspected land scammers in different locations of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State over alleged N23m scam.
Uwujaren said the suspects whose ages range between 37 and 57 are, Imaikop Okon Dickson, Pius Edem Akpan, Imeh Sam George, Godwin Inyang Obong and Lucy Akpan.
He revealed that they were arrested based on a petition by one Emmanuel Etti who alleged that in July 2020, he got a call from one Grace Anietie Otuekong (at large) offering to sell a landed property belonging to the mother, Lucy Akpan, purportedly to save the life of her husband, one Hon. Anietie Otuekong that was critically ill.
According to the complainant, he was made to pay the money to Lucy in cash which he did in tranches to the tune of N23m.
“He later suspected foul play when he requested for her account details to complete the payment and the suspects disappeared,” the spokesman for EFCC said.
“Investigations into the matter revealed that the syndicate specialize in acquiring the master plan of a particular land and using same to dupe unsuspecting victims after claiming to be family members. This modus operandi worked for them for years before luck ran out of them on April 28, 2021 when operatives of the Commission arrested them.”
He assured that the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
In a related development, operatives of the EFCC, have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters.
The suspects are Edesiri Epete, Roland Francis, Kelvin Eyeno, Adebayo Oloye, Edwin Ochuko and Jonson Godwin. Five of them were arrested between May 5 and 7, 2021 at a hideout in Shimex Estate, Pyakasa, Abuja, while the other was arrested at Queens Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja.
The arrest followed actionable intelligence received by the EFCC, on their suspicious lifestyle, which is not supported by any legitimate means of livelihood.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspects are involved in romance scam on social media, using fake identities of Caucasian men or women to defraud unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned monies.
The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as investigation is completed.