The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says operatives of its Benin zonal command have arrested 31 suspected internet fraudsters, among them, were those seen in a viral video weeks ago throwing money into the air.
EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, who said this in a statement issued on Monday, stated that the suspects were arrested on Sunday, September 12th in two separate locations in Benin City following actionable intelligence.
According to Uwujaren, the fraudsters who were seen in that viral video on top of their cars and throwing bundles of Naira notes into the air at a popular Plaza in Benin City had again embarked on a similar mission at the same venue on Sunday before they were intercepted by operatives of the anti-graft agency at the exit gate.
He said the other suspects were arrested at their hideout in Benin City.
He gave the names of those arrested to include Essien Sunday, Joseph Nwosu, Samuel Victor, Abdurahman Abudulahi, Uwaifo Destiny, Osaro Osarere, Favour Oleye, Smart Okunvobo, Oduwa Osahon, Osaretin Blessed, Frank Osas, Aisosa Kelly, Richard Ehigie, Destiny Omoru, Jacob Kelvin, Aker Kelly, Promise Godspower, Lucky Dickson and Osamode Efosa.
Others, he said, are Osamuyi Aigbe-Egharevba, Ohumumwen Osaremen, Christopher Momodu, Aigbe Destiny, Eti-osa Osamwonyi, Patrick Benson Osaguna, Victor Kenyei, Marvellous Atiti, Gift Ebuehi, Osayi Casmir, Osahenkhoe Godstime and Paul Okoh.
The EFCC image maker listed items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest to include 13 exotic cars, including: Lexus ES 350, Lexus 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus IS 350, Toyota Venza, Mercedes C300, Mercedes ML350, Range Rover Evoque, GLK 350 4Matic and Toyota Camry.
Other items are laptop computers, phones, documents and identity cards.
He noted that the suspects have made useful statement and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed.