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EFCC nabs suspected cyber criminals in Lokoja

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal Command, has arrested 18 people over alleged cyber crime in Lokoja.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Spokesman, on Tuesday in Ilorin.

The suspects are Bala Caleb Abdulkarim, Ayuba Bala, Adebayo Olubunmi, Yusuf Salawu, Victor Yakubu, Victor Udeh, Abutu Francis, Moses Akeji, Aiyegbe ThankGod and Eniola Adeniji.

Others are Abraham Ayodele, Julius Omowale, Samuel Onojah, Saka Usman Ojo, Isaac Emmanuel, Yusuf Mohammed, Ibrahim Musa and Omaonu Ojochenemi Victor.

Uwujaren said that the arrest was part of efforts to curb the rising internet related fraud otherwise known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’.

He said that the EFCC zonal command had extended its dragnet to Kogi, leading to the arrest of 18 suspected ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys’ in Lokoja, the state capital.

“This is the second of such operation in the state within the last two months.

”Recall that operatives of the Ilorin zonal command, which covers Kwara, Ekiti and Kogi States, had in June arrested 19 suspected fraudsters at different locations in Lokoja.

“The latest arrest, which was made on Wednesday, August 3, followed actionable intelligence and hours of surveillance by the anti-graft operatives to smoke out the suspected fraudsters off their hideouts,” he said.

The spokesperson said that preliminary investigations had shown that the suspects operated as syndicate to scam unsuspecting victims.

According to him, the suspects have incriminating items in their possession including five different brand of exotic cars, phones and laptops.

He however said that the suspects had volunteered useful statements to the commission and would be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigations. (NAN)

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