EFCC arrests ex-convict and 54 others for internet fraud in Oyo

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Zonal Command, have arrested an ex-cybercrime convict and 54 other suspects for alleged internet fraud in Oyo town.

This was contained in a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday and signed by the commission’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren.

Uwujaren recalled that Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State had on Feb. 15, 2022, convicted and sentenced the ex-convict to seven months imprisonment without an option of fine for his involvement in cybercrime.

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He said the ex-convict was arrested alongside 54 others at Oyo town, on Thursday following verified intelligence regarding their internet fraud activities.

Uwujaren listed the Items recovered from the suspects to include seven exotic vehicles, 79 mobile phones, four laptops and several incriminating documents, among others.

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The anti-graft spokesperson said the suspects would be charged in court once investigations are concluded.

Meanwhile, in a related development, five suspects have been arrested in Edo State for allegedly defrauding a student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.

The suspects were arrested by the Edo State Police Command after hypnotising the 21-year-old victim, the police spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, said on Friday.

The five suspects were part of 51 suspected cultists said to be terrorising residents of Benin City.

He stated that the fraudsters, after hypnotising the victim, ordered her to transfer the said sum from her account.

“We made a notable achievement of arresting a total of 51 suspects, cultists. Amongst this number were five armed robbers and at the same time fraudsters,” Nwabuzor said.

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“These five suspects defrauded a female student of the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, aged 21 years old, of a total amount of N9.8 million.

“On that said day, the suspects met her on the way and tried to get information from her. While she was trying to do that (give them information), one of them touched her and she was no longer herself.

“She was hypnotised and they took her phone, took all the information relating to her account details and went away with the phone. A total sum of N9.8 million was withdrawn from that account.”

The police spokesman explained that the amount taken from the victim belonged to her recently deceased father of whom she was a beneficiary as the eldest child.

After getting wind of the crime, Nwabuzor said the Commissioner of Police, Adamu Dankwara, ordered the tactical team of the Anti-Kidnapping and Cybercrime Unit of the Edo State Police Command to follow up on the case.

“While the investigation was going on, they were able to track the suspects down. They were arrested between the 9th and 10th of July, 2023.

“As we speak, they have made statements, confessed to the crime, and sooner or later, they will be arraigned in court,” the police spokesman added.

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