The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has apprehended no fewer than twenty-nine suspected internet fraudsters in Kwara State.
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said it arrested the suspects popularly known as Yahoo Boys at different locations in the capital city, Ilorin, for involvement in internet fraud and other related offences.
Naija News understands from a statement issued by the EFCC on Thursday that a large number of the suspects were arrested in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.
Their names were revealed as Sikiru Mustapha, Abdulmartin Olawale, Gbolahan Abdulamin, Abdulfawaz Olakanmi, Tunde Saheed, David Komolafe, Adebayo Ridwan, Oluwatobi Akinbo, Fatimehin Kayode, Ibrahim Zakariya, Olajide Moshood, Ikudaisi Adesoji, Habeeb Adeyemi and Hassan Akorede.
Others include Ahmed Quadri, Olanipekun Ibrahim, Olabisi Ololade, Ahmed Akorede, Wasiu Adesina, Damilola Samsudeen, Olaloye Damilare, Nathaniel Laoshe, Adeniyi Opeyemi, Adebayo Shahajudeen, Segun Ajila, Kehinde Olaniyi and Ibitowa Toyeeb.
Their arrest according to the anti-graft agency followed credible intelligence received by the command on the activities of the suspects.
Mobile phones, laptops and cars were recovered from the suspects.
The commission added that some of the suspects have confessed to the crime and they will be charged to court upon conclusion of the ongoing investigation.
Meanwhile, EFCC has placed a former Director of Nigerian Navy Accounts, Rear Admiral Tahir Yusuf (retd.) on its watchlist.
Naija News recall that the EFCC had accused Yusuf of embezzling N2billion during his tenure as Director of Nigerian Navy Accounts.
Yusuf, who was the deputy to the Chief of Account and Budget, Naval Headquarters (NHQ), held the cash in seven accounts- both private and corporate in two banks.
In a letter to the Comptroller General of the NIS, the anti-graft agency placed the top naval officer on the watch list of the Nigeria Immigration Service.
It was learned that the EFCC asked the NIS to inform it anytime the retired navy top officer was travelling out of the country from any of the international airports and other points of entry and exit.
“He is now on our watch list again, the EFCC requested the NIS to place him on watchlist and inform it anytime he is travelling out of the country from any of the international airports and other points of entry and exit,” a senior immigration officer reportedly told SaharaReporters.