The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that its operatives at the Uyo Zonal Command have apprehended 24 suspected internet fraudsters who were allegedly trained for cyber crimes in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State.
In a statement released by EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale on Monday, it was revealed that the suspects were arrested based on intelligence received regarding a storey building suspected to be a hideout for training internet fraudsters, located at Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela areas.
According to the statement, the all-male suspects were nabbed in two locations during an intelligence-driven sting operation at D-Line Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela area, both in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The statement reads in parts, “The all-male suspects were arrested in two locations in an intelligence-driven sting operation at D-Line Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela area, both in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Items recovered from the premises and the suspects include: five exotic cars; 18 laptops; 17 mobile phones and one internet router.
“On November 28, 2019, the EFCC arrested 23 trainers and trainees at a “Yahoo Academy” at Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
“The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”