Two FBI-linked internet fraudsters arrested in Port Harcourt and Owerri •12 other suspected cybercriminals nabbed in Lagos

Posted by News Express | 31 August 2019 | 815 times

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Port Harcourt Zonal Office, have arrested two suspected internet fraudsters linked to the on-going collaborative investigations between the EFCC and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

EFCC Spokesman Wilson Uwujaren  said Friday night in a statement: The suspects were separately arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Owerri, Imo State. One of them,  Ogbonnah Atoukaritou, a leader of a loose syndicate of fraudsters allegedly engaged in Business Email Compromise,  BEC,  was arrested in Port Harcourt while the other suspect, Alpha Chidi Egbeonu, suspected to be involved in defrauding a US-based victim, Goldberg Segalla LLP and other yet to be identified victims,  was arrested in Owerri. 

“Items recovered from the suspects include laptops, android phones, land documents, hard disks, Central Processing Unit, warehouse and a recently built house, now attached by the EFCC.

“The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

Meanwhile, EFCC has arrested 12 suspected Internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects – Oluwaseun Ogunbunmi, Haruna Yusuf, Olubori Hassan,

Wasiu Idowu, Basit  Adeniran, Aina Olajuwon, Okafor Joseph, David Ado ,

Olamide Ogunseye, Opeyemi Ahmed, Monsuru Amao, Taiwo Rasak – were

arrested on Thursday  in a rented three-bedroom apartment in the Ikotun  area of Lagos, which they used as a Yahoo Yahoo school.

According to EFCC Spokesman Uwujaren, “The arrest followed intelligence reports received from concerned members of the public about their alleged criminal activities.

“During the operation, some of the suspects attempted to flee by hiding on the roof of their apartment.

“Items recovered from the suspects include laptops and mobile phones.

“The suspect will soon be charged to court.

“As part of efforts to curb the menace of computer-based frauds, the EFCC is calling on

members of the public to report any suspicious activities of internet fraudsters in their

neighbourhood through or  +23499044752.”

Source: News Express

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