Nigeria: 37 Suspected Internet Fraudsters to Face Trial in Abuja

Nigeria: 37 Suspected Internet Fraudsters to Face Trial in Abuja

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that 37 individuals suspected of engaging in Internet fraud have been arrested in different parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The suspects will be arraigned in court once the investigation is concluded.

According to a statement released by the EFCC on their Facebook page, the arrests were made after multiple raids in the Jahi, Dawaki, and Gwarimpa areas of Abuja. During the raids, various items, including vehicles, laptops, and mobile phones, were recovered from the suspects.

The statement from the EFCC read, “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Abuja Zonal Command, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, arrested 37 suspected Internet fraudsters. They were arrested at the Jahi, Dawaki, and Gwarimpa axes of Abuja following actionable intelligence about their activities. Items recovered from the suspects include six vehicles, 20 laptops, 66 mobile phones, six international passports, and one Apple wristwatch. They will be charged in court as soon as investigations are concluded.”

This recent crackdown on Internet fraudsters is part of the EFCC’s ongoing efforts to combat cybercrime and protect the public from online scams. The EFCC has been actively working to apprehend and prosecute individuals involved in fraudulent activities across the country.

In a separate operation, the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC arrested 48 suspected Internet fraudsters and a herbalist in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State. These arrests were made based on credible intelligence, and the suspects will also be arraigned in court once investigations are completed.

The EFCC has been collaborating with various agencies and institutions to tackle cybercrime effectively. Recently, 48 students of the Kwara State University were also arrested for their alleged involvement in cybercrime and Internet fraud-related activities.

The EFCC continues to prioritize the fight against Internet fraud and is committed to bringing perpetrators to justice. The agency urges the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.

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