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May-hem: EFCC arrests 193 suspects on Internet fraud in 20 days - ITREALMS

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Since the beginning of the fifth month of 2024, May, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has made a total of 193 arrests related to cyber crimes and internet fraud across various cities in Nigeria, reports ITREALMS.
Mayhem: EFCC arrests 193 suspects on Internet fraud in 20 days - ITREALMS
Also, ITREALMS investigations on the number of convictions by the EFCC in 2021 showed that there were some 35 cases, just as 54 cases were mentioned on cyber crimes, even as cybercrime as compound word appeared 339 in the 174 page document.

Investigations by ITREALMS revealed that within the month of May, 2024, Uyo topped the scale of eight cities across the country where various arrests were made with 52 suspects.

Uyo was followed by Abuja with 29 internet fraud suspects, coming closer was Port Harcourt with 26 and followed closely by Ilorin with 25 as well as Enugu with 23 cyber crime suspects, then Zaria with 15 and Makurdi three.

ITREALMS additional investigations showed that as at Friday, May 3, 2024, EFCC had arrested some 20 suspected Internet fraudsters in Sapele, Delta State.

According to the operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of EFCC, those arrested were suspected internet fraudsters at different locations in Sapele, Delta State, following a credible intelligence on suspects involvement in computer-related fraud.

Items recovered from them included 12 exotic cars, laptops and phones and they will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

On Wednesday, May 8, ITREALMS reported that the operatives of EFCC Abuja Zonal Command arrested some 29 suspected internet fraudsters. They were arrested at Apo, Gwarimpa and Katampe axes of Abuja following intelligence about their suspected involvement in internet fraud.

Equally, on Thursday May 2, EFCC operatives from the Uyo Zonal Command arrests Eight suspected Internet fraudsters in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State in an early morning sting operation at Osong Ama Extension in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Barely a week later, on Thursday, May 9, investigators at the Uyo Zonal Command of the anti-graft agency arrested 44 suspected internet fraudsters in an early morning sting operation.

Between May 6 and 9th, 2024, ITREALMS gathered that EFCC operatives in Port Harcourt Zonal Command, arrested 26 suspected internet fraudsters, at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and Choba axes of Port Harcourt in Rivers State.

About May 9, 2024, ITREALMS reported that operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of EFCC arrested 25 persons for offences bordering on suspected internet fraud at two separate sting operations at various locations in Ilorin, Kwara State. While items recovered from the suspects include six exotic cars, different brands of phones and laptops.

On Friday, May 10, some 23 suspects were arrested on May 10, 2024 in Igboeze, Nsukka and Enugu metropolis following reliable intelligence concerning their alleged online criminal activities. Items recovered from them included three cars, mobile phones, laptops, one Point Of Sale (POS) machine and several incriminating documents, even as they will be charged to court as soon as investigations have advanced.

As at May 15, EFCC had arrested some 15 Internet fraudsters in Zaria, Kaduna State, according to a press statement by the anti-graft agency made available to 
ITREALMS, which showed that the suspects were apprehended outside the premises of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, following credible intelligence linking a syndicate of fraudsters to suspected involvement in internet fraud.

By Friday, May 17, EFCC confirmed the arrest of three siblings, all brothers, for suspected internet fraud along New Garage, Wadata in Makurdi.

The suspects, Abubakar Sadiq Adejoh, Mohammed Habib Adejoh and Solomon Adejoh allegedly specialised in diverting customers' funds from their accounts to a Point of Sale (POS) terminal for withdrawal.

Items recovered from them include a car, six mobile phones, one laptop and cash totaling N3,562,750.00 (Three Million Five Hundred and Sixty Two Thousand, Seven Hundred and Fifty Naira) only.

This is coming 10 days before the end of May, 2024.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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