Forty-seven (47) suspected internet fraudsters, popularly known as “Yahoo Boys” have been arrested in Umuahia, Abia State and Asaba in Delta State by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A total of ten exotic cars and more than fifty expensive phones, laptops, international passports and other incriminating materials were recovered from them.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren.
Uwujaren said 21 of the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the EFCC in an early morning sting operation in Umuahia, Abia State.
The remaining 26 suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the anti-graft agency on Thursday in Asaba, Delta State.
For Umuahia, the spokesman for the commission, further said the suspects were arrested without any incident, based on diligent surveillance and verified intelligence on their “suspicious internet- related criminal activities.”
Giving the details for the suspects apprehended in Asaba, Uwujaren also said they were picked up at locations in Chiemeke Onochie IV Street, Parkacin and Jonathan Monye Street in the Delta State capital.
According to him, preliminary investigation established an alleged case of impersonation, possession of fraudulent documents and defrauding unsuspecting foreign nationals against the suspects.
He said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.