The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested nine Internet fraudsters popularly known as “Yahoo-Yahoo boys,” in Abuja.
The suspects were arrested by the Advance Fee Fraud section of the commission through an intelligence report received on the fraudulent activities of the suspected fraudsters residing somewhere along Airport road, as they were obviously living above their means.
Operatives of the EFCC had carried out surveillance for days on the activities of the fraudsters before they pounced on them.
The suspects are: Edwin Ogbomwan, Okouromi Franklin, Oseji Collins, Collins Onyekwuluje, Anyanechi Ekene, Tony Oviasuyi, Chidi Emeshili, Osaigbovo Aiseos and Osaigbovo Ikponmnosa.
EFCC spokesperson, Tony Orilade explained that the suspects had turned their residence into a safe haven for fraudulent activities using it as a place of abode and an operational office with computers, laptops, phones, modems, sim cards and so many other tools used to defraud Nigerians and foreigners alike of their hard earned money and valuables.
The suspects had created an identity using the names; Thomas Jerry Star and John Ben.
The suspects aged between 19 and 26 years were arrested with two GLK Mercedes Benz, One Toyota Camry, Lexus Jeep and other valuables worth millions of naira, which they acquired through the proceeds from their fraudulent activities.
Orilade noted that they are currently cooperating with the commission and will be charged to court after investigations are concluded.
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