EFCC invade Uyo, Calabar ‘Yahooboys’ hideouts, arrest 12 suspects, recover exotic cars

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By Raymond EKPE, South-South Investigator Bureau-Chief/

OPERATIVES of the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC weekend, invaded hideouts variously used by internet fraudsters in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State and Calabar, the Cross River State Capital respectively and arrested 12 suspected scammers. Several exotic cars including other proceeds obtained from their victims as well as international passports were recovered from the suspects. A statement by the Commission’s acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade and made available to CrimeWorld, said  the suspects would soon have their day in court adding that they have made useful statements that are helping operatives to crack fleeing scammers in the two states capital.

*Cross section of the suspects…

According to the statement, “The suspects are Ahmed Adelakun, Matthew Edafe, Chukwuma Edwin Chisom, Mbang Prince, Ogon Godspower and Nnamdi Ogana. Others are: Abasiama Essien, Phiona Ekok Osim, Gabriel David, Ugochukwu Onuabuchi, Raphael Bassey and Etim Stephen. Chisom was arrested at Ukpei street, off Abak road, Uyo while others were nabbed at various locations including 110 Victory Way Extension, Satellite town in Calabar. While admitting to the crime, the suspects during interrogation told operatives about how they operated.  Investigations showed that they were into various cybercrime activities such as, love scam, online Bitcoin trading scam, identity theft, amongst others. Their modus operandi includes sourcing for victims in Facebook and Instagram and claiming to be United States military personnel in other countries who could not access their money. They make their victims give them gift cards which they change to Bitcoin and to naira. Items recovered from them include: Toyota Matrix, Lexus, Toyota Camry, various sophisticated phones and laptops. They will soon be arraigned in court.”

*One of the suspects with some of the recovered exotic cars…

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