At least 20 suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested in Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina State by a team of operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Kano Zonal Office.
The anti-graft agency in a statement on Friday said the arrest of the 20 suspects who are in their twenties was carried out following an intelligence report made available to them.
The team however dispatched and carried out a raid on the suspects’ hideouts and arrested them.
“The suspects, who were mostly youths in their early twenties, were arrested by a team of operatives of the Commission following intelligence indicating that some internet fraudsters were perpetrating fraudulent activities around Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“On the strength of the intelligence, a team of operatives was dispatched and they effected a raid on their hideouts and arrested the suspects.
“Investigation is ongoing and indicted suspects will be charged to court,” the statement revealed,” the statement read in part.
The statement further revealed that investigation is ongoing concerning the suspects and they will soon be arraigned.
The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 50 suspected internet fraudsters.
The suspects were arrested at Alaro Sango, Agbaje Ijokoro, and Apete Aladura areas of Ibadan, Oyo State following intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
According to a statement signed by the head of media and publicity, EFCC Ibadan zonal office, Wilson Uwujaren, 34 of the suspects already indicted by the investigation include:
Badmus Abeeb, Ibrahim Ahmed, Adeyemo Babatunde, Abdulrashid Ajagbe, Olajide Okiki Peter, Hassan Yusuf Atanda, Yusuf Olasupo Salaudeen, Bello Ahmed Bamidele, Adewale Damilola Tosin, Kolawole Yusuf Olawale, Nicholas Ferdinand, Keshiro Olanrewaju, Falana Victor Dapo, Abogunrin Emmanuel, Bosun Tomiwa Tunde, Shelter Chibundo, Banjoko Idris, and Adebayo Akorede.
Others are: Awoyinka Afeez Ayodeji, Afonja Olarenwaju, Akingbade Taofeek, Ezekiel Adekunle, Ganiyu Sodiq, Abioye Abiodun, Ogunbayo Daniel, John Timileyin, Ominiyi Daniel, Adeniyi Idris Sodiq, Joseph James, Adeyemi Segun Oluwaseun, Adeleke Rasheed, Saliu Tomiwa Rasheed, Itoro Edet Ime and Oseni Nasirudeen.
Some items used in perpetrating the crime were also recovered from them.
The law enforcement agency says the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Tuesday said it has arrested 14 suspected internet fraudsters in Lagos
This was contained in a statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren.
According to the statement, the suspects are: Abiodun Gbolahan Seidu, Joseph Aganaga Ndubuisi, Sodimu Olawale Sikirudeen, Ohaekim Christopher, Ambali Oluwaseyi Rahman, Chibuzor Ebubedike, Salvador Abduljabar and Omohogbo Donald Ede.
Others are: Thomas Obire Tobiloba, Olatunbosun Adeniyi Abiodun, Olugbemi Oluwatomigbeleke Eniola, Sanni Azeez Olayinka, Joseph Afenikhena Osaoman and Hamed Olayinka Olanrewaju.
They were arrested on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Westwood Estate, Badore, Ajah Lagos, following verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud, the statement added.
Items recovered from the suspects include cars, IPhones, Android devices, laptop computers, a MacBook Pro, hard disk drives and jewellery.
The Lagos Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 25 suspects for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.
EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
He listed the suspects to include Ibrahim Olatunji, Kelechi David, Olutayo Oluwapelumi, Abiola Gideon, Adesuyi Adeyika, Wano Ahmed, Imoukhuede Peter, and Ige Oluwatobi.
Others are Durodola Tolulope, Makanjuola Elijah, Emmanuel Enyiema, Oguniran Boluwatife, Onikosi Idris, and Abdulateef Oriyomi.
Also arrested by the anti-graft agency are Ogbere Ojulari, Abdulwaliu Adeyemi, Emmanuel Ezeh, John Bagbale, Moses Tarh, Emmanuel Okpe, Murtala Oyinlola, Ayomide Semiu, Adebayo Adetola, Covenant Eze, and Emmanuel Okwor.
They were arrested during an operation by operatives of the EFCC in the early hours of March 9 at a Hotel on Governor’s Road in the Ikotun area of Lagos.
According to Uwujaren, the suspects were arrested following credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
“The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the statement read.
Two young men have been convicted in Kaduna State for using the internet to scam both Nigerians and foreigners of their earnings.
The men, identified as Idahosa Bobby and Aidamebor Israel were on Wednesday sentenced to two years in prison each by a Kaduna State High Court after their arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
According to a statement by the anti-graft commission on Thursday, April 30, the two fraudsters were each arraigned on separate one-count charge bordering on online fraud and for possession of fraudulent documents.
Idahosa and Israel were said to have been arrested by a team of operatives attached to the Intelligence and Special Operations Section (ISOS) following intelligence reports indicating their involvement in cybercrime.
According to the statement, the charge against Bobby reads: “That you, Idahosa Bobby, sometime between January to March 2020, in Kaduna, within the Kaduna Judicial Division of this court, did attempt to cheat by impersonating one Waseelah6 using her Instagram account and in such assumed character, sent scam emails to unsuspecting citizens and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 57 of the Penal Code Law of Kaduna State 2017 and punishable under section 309 of the same law.”
The charge against Israel reads: “That you, Israel Aidamebor, sometime in 2019 at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this court of Kaduna State, did fraudulently induce one Mr Eyup, a Turkish national to disclose his full personal and security information which he would not have done but for your deceit by impersonating one William Illumie, an Illuminati agent via WhatsApp, a social media account and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law No.5 of 2017.”
The two pleaded guilty in the court and upon their plea, counsel for the EFCC, E.K. Garba and M. Lawal, reviewed the fact of the cases.
Having found them guilty, Justice Tukur sentenced Bobby to two years in prison with an option of N100,000 fine and Israel to two years in prison with an option of N200,000 fine.
The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
According to the Commission, in preparation for the late-night operation which took place over the weekend, officers of the EFCC had carried out a series of discreet surveillance.
In continuation of its clampdown on internet scammers across the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested 33 suspected online fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency explained that the suspects were arrested in their hideout by EFCC operatives from the Abuja and Enugu zonal offices.
The statement disclosed that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the agency concludes its investigation.
The EFCC, however, distanced itself from a raid of suspected internet fraudsters in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, shown in a video trending on the social media.
“We need to state that much as we have avowed, pursuant to our mandate to root out cybercriminals in the nation’s space, we clarify that the operatives depicted in the video are not those of the Commission,” the agency said in another statement.
“We disclaim the video and in the same breath, wish to inform the public that EFCC operatives stick to a standard procedure in their operations, which conforms with global best practices for intelligence officers.”
The agency stressed that its operatives would by no means embrace theatre or open attraction of public attention pursuant to their duties.
It, thereafter, advised its critics to look elsewhere for the source and actors in the video, insisting that the fingerprints of the operation do not belong to it.
The EFCC revealed that it does not have an office in Osogbo yet, and the Ibadan zonal office which covers Oyo, Osun and Ekiti states has no knowledge of the purported raid.
“We restate that we are committed to making every shade of financial and economic crime unattractive to criminal elements among us. We will not rest on our oars in this resolve,” the statement added.
The Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested ten suspected Internet fraudsters.
They were arrested in different locations and at different times across Port Harcourt (Rivers State), Warri (Delta State) and Asaba (Delta State) in a sting operation.
The suspects are Alia Jamike Chinemerem; Ogbiugba Ifeany Henry; Uchanna Cyril; Samuel Obomovo; Israel Ogagaoghene; Israel Diaso; Aghariagbonse Destiny; Aretuemhen Frank, Paul Esibhakpen and Loius Idehen. Investigations showed that the suspects were involved in love scam with many of them purporting to be officers of the American Army.
Various scam emails where the suspects posed as officers of the US Army were traced to them. One of the suspects, Israel Diasco had successfully defrauded an Indian lady, Promilla Lama of a huge amount of money still being verified. Another, Chinemerem, (alias Good Thaddy) confessed to being a picker.
A picker is a fraudster that provides foreign accounts to other Internet fraudsters which they usually used to receive money from any unfortunate victim. A picker is allegedly paid 30% of the total amount received in any of such accounts.
Meanwhile, the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office has secured 33 convictions so far in 2018. This was disclosed on Thursday, 20th December 2018 by the Zonal Head, Mr. Nnaghe Obono Itam in a News Conference in Port Harcourt.
Also, a total sum of N1, 674, 891, 899( One Billion, Six Hundred and Seventy Four Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Nine Naira) only had been recovered during the period. Also recovered were various sums of $ 552, 368. 55 (Five Hundred and Fifty-Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Fifty-Five Dollars) and 5, 225 Euros.
Meanwhile, the Port Harcourt’s Zonal office has commenced an investigation of a total number of 358 (Three Hundred and Fifty-Eight) Trucks arrested for sundry illegal oil bunkering cases. They were handed over to the EFCC by the 6 Mechanized Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Itam said that the volume of petroleum products carried by the Trucks was 219, 688. 27 metric tonnes. The products are suspected to be Automotive Gas Oil (AGO). 18 Oil Vessels, 13 Barges, and 2 Boats were also being investigated for illegal oil bunkering offenses.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos zonal office, has arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters for alleged conspiracy, possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money under false pretense.
A statement signed on Friday by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that they were arrested on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in some parts of Lagos and Ogun states, following intelligence reports received by the commission about their activities.
The suspects are: Badejo Tobi; Abiola Dimeji; Anthony Godwin; Osoba Adeboye; Adeleken Abiodun and Awokoya Oriyomi Yusuf.
Others are: Oyatayo Ismail; Coffie Meschark; Sylvester Amaddin; Olawale Farouk; Adeniran Tolani; Taiwo Michael and OyekanmiAyodeji.
They were allegedly found to be in possession of forged contract papers of multinational oil and gas companies, banks’ instruments and forged data page of international passports of foreign nationals, among other documents.
Other items recovered from the suspects included laptops, flash drives, modems, one Range Rover SUV, one Toyota Highlander, two Toyota Corolla vehicles and one Toyota Camry.
According to the statement, the suspects confessed to being involved in various crimes and as soon as investigations are concluded, they will be charged to court.