A total of 31 alleged internet fraudsters were apprehended by operatives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s Benin Zonal Command (EFCC).
In a statement, the Command’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects were apprehended on Sunday, September 12, 2021, in two distinct locations in Benin as a result of actionable intelligence.
“Among those arrested are alleged fraudsters who were seen in a viral video standing on top of their cars flinging bundles of Naira notes into the air at a popular Plaza in Benin City just a few weeks ago,” he said.
“On Sunday, they attempted a similar effort at the same location before being stopped by Commission operatives at the exit.
“The other suspects were apprehended in Benin City, where they were hiding out.
The arrested Internet fraudsters’ names were given by Uwujaren as Essien Sunday, Joseph Nwosu, Samuel Victor, Abdurahman Abudulahi, Uwaifo Destiny, Osaro Osarere, Favour Oleye, Smart Okunvobo, Oduwa Osahon, Osaretin Blessed, Frank Osas, Aisosa Kelly, Richard Ehigie, Destiny Omoru
Others are Osamuyi Aigbe-Egharevba, Ohumumwen Osaremen, Christopher Momodu, Aigbe Destiny, Eti-osa Osamwonyi, Patrick Benson Osaguna, Victor Kenyei, Marvellous Atiti, Gift Ebuehi, Osayi Casmir, Osahenkhoe Godstime and Paul Okoh.
“Items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include 13 exotic cars, including: Lexus ES 350, Lexus 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus ES 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus RX 350, Lexus IS 350, Toyota Venza, Mercedes C300, Mercedes ML350, Range Rover Evoque, GLK 350 4Matic and Toyota Camry. Other items are laptop computers, phones, documents and identity cards,” he said.
Uwujaren added that the suspects have made useful statement and would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are completed.