The Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) Enugu Zonal Office, has apprehended 13 suspects for allegedly engaging in cybercrime and internet fraud popularly known as Yahoo Yahoo.
Three of the suspects were known to have been nabbed on January 17, 2019, at Awka, Anambra State, following intelligence reports and investigations carried out on them.
While six of the suspects were apprehended at Ngwo in Enugu State, while four of the remaining suspects were arrested at an estate in Abakpa area of Enugu State.
The list of items which were recovered from the suspects included a nine exotic cars ranging from Toyota Avenza, Toyota Lexus, Toyota Hillux, Toyota avalon, Mercedez Benz among others.
Others include laptops, printers, cameras, phones, expensive drinks and other personal effects respectively.
The Zonal Head of the South East Zone of the commission identified as Ahmed Imam Usman, while talking with the Press on Friday, February 1, 2019 stated that the raid was consequent upon the resolve of the acting EFCC Chairman identified as Ibrahim Magu to intensify the EFCC’s fight against internet and cyber fraudsters across the country.
Ahmed Imam said in a statement that:
“We have resolved as part of carrying out the commission’s mandate to stamp out internet scams, advance fee fraud and other related crimes and help in rebuilding the image of the country.
“Apart from public corruption which affects us locally, and denies us access to basic social amenities, Nigerians are treated badly because of the activities of cyber criminalsand this gives us a bad name internationally. We are determined to stamp that out.”
However, there have been charges drawn against the cybercrime suspects and have been filed in court. According to the EFCC, the suspects will soon be arraigned in court.