No fewer than 33 online enterprenuers across Cross Rivers State have been arrested and put under detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged internet scam known locally as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.
As stated, the 33 suspected internet fraudsters were arrested during a sting operation at different locations in Calabar, Cross River state by EFCC operative from Uyo Zonal Command
The anti-graft agency explained that seventeen of the arrested suspects were picked up at a location on Post Office Street, Royal Estate, off Ekot Onin, while ten were apprehended at No.1 Marian Owan by Lemena junction. The other six suspects were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar.
“The suspects aged between 22 – 35 years are: Modey Terrence Akong, Detoo Bem Daniel, Godson Topbie, Moses Valentine Nkpung, Idang Confidence, Chinagorom Edward, Enwereuzo Chidiebere, Obioma ThankGod, Richard Reinhard, Clinton Christopher, Raymond Samuel, Etim Paul, Okechukwu Caleb and Joseph Akobo.
“Others are Morayo Jerry, Ogar Jemyford, Emmanuel Chika, Okpubeku Prosper, Onedo Caleb, Enajemo Oghenekaro, Great Asume, Ebuka Uzokwe, Obikwelu Ugochukwu, Oloko Pius Monshe, Gideon Ani, Effiong Akaninyene, Agoh Oscar, Agu Favour, Abang Godswill, Amalam Micheal, Luka Kaben, Ifeanyi Enwereuzo and Achilonu Moses,” the agency said in a statement post on its social media page on Friday.
The EFCC added that at the point of arrest, several laptops and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects. Also recovered are three Lexus saloon cars with registration numbers: LAGOS – AKD 56 FQ, ABUJA- KUJ 79 BM and IMO – UMG 956 KU; a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord with registration numbers LAGOS – APP 368FY and OYO – BDJ 476AQ respectively.
Furthermore, the anti-graft agency stated that the arrested suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation was concluded.