The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Uyo Zonal Office, have arrested eleven suspected internet fraudsters in an apartment on Parliamentary Extension, Akai Efa, Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
The suspects were identified as Endurance Ahunwan (28), Nohuwan Frank (26), Dominic Chidiebere (28), Idehe Efosa (17), Patrick Edos (27),
Others are Samuel Ukiwe (21) and Michael Edward (25), Destiny Efe (17), Hope Yusuf (19), Harrison Esi (17) and Igbinigun Osamudia (17).
The head, media and publicity in a statement, Tony Orilade, stated that Esi was discovered in the roof of the apartment along with some of their equipment used in the crime.
Orilade stated that their leader, Ahunwan had instructed him to conceal himself and the gadgets in the roof in order to prevent his arrest and confiscation of the tools.
“Our leader ordered me to hide in the ceiling with the gadgets so that I will not be nabbed also,” Esi said.
Ahunwan while speaking on his arrest stated that he recruited the team, he noted that they were paying back the Europeans for stealing from their forefathers.
He further stated that the parents of the accomplices gave their consent and pleaded with him to help their wards secure a means of livelihood.
Items recovered from the suspected fraudsters include 10 laptops, eight internet modems, several sophisticated telephone handsets, including one iPhone, technical devices and scam emails.
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