The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters in Imo state.
The suspects are aged between 20 and 41 years.
They were arrested by the commission’s operatives at various locations following intelligence report according to the anti-graft’s Spokesperson, Dele Oyewale.
In a statement on Thursday in Uyo, Oyewole said the suspects were apprehended during a 3-hour raid on Monday, September 8, 2020, at Ugwuma town and Egbu, Owerri North.
The arrested suspects are; Chinonso Anozie Frank, Ogadibo Victor Chikeluba, Clinton Njoku Onyekachi, Okoro Edwin Chigozie, Anozie Chibuzor Harold, Anyaeriuba Canice, Ogbuehi Anderson, Okere Nonye, Njoku Paul Chibuike, Ndalaka Felix Chukwuebuka and Anele Chibuike Timothy.
Others are; Chidi Kalu, Uparai Daniel, Ubochi Christian Ikechukwu, Udoka Obi, Chiagozie Morris Obiano, Moses Akaedite, Henry Princewill Chisom, Prince Ibe, Ugwuegbu Fredrick Ekenna, William Peter Obinna and Udoka Ihiekwe Kelechi.
Oyewale disclosed that several cars and gadgets were recovered from the suspects including a black Lexus E5 330 with registration number NWA 866 AW; a silver-coloured Toyota Corolla LE with registration number, FST 520 GJ; A silver-coloured Toyota Camry with registration number, KRD 687 GF and a blue Toyota Corolla LE with registration number, RSH 889 TD.
Others items recovered during the raid include a silver coloured Lexus E5 with registration number, MMA 745 AC; a black Toyota Venza with registration number, KWL 134 AV; a grey coloured Mercedes ML350 Jeep with registration number, GWA 587 EP and silver coloured Toyota Highlander with registration number, BWR 912 JV.
Also recovered from them are 15 laptops and 20 sophisticated mobile phones.
The EFCC spokesman said that the suspects will be charged to court once investigations are concluded.