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EFCC arrests 31 ‘internet fraudsters’ in Benin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, told a Federal High Court, Abuja, that the action of the former Senate President, Bukoka Saraki, has been hindering the agency from probing him.

It was a harvest of arrests in Benin City, Edo State capital on Sunday, September 12, 2021, as operatives of the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) nabbed 31 suspected internet fraudsters.

Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media and Publicity of the anti-graft commission, in a statement issued on Monday said that the suspects were arrested in two separate locations in Benin following the processing and execution of intelligence reports received on the activities of the suspects.

31 suspected internet fraudsters arrested by EFCC in Benin“Among those arrested are suspected fraudsters who, a few weeks ago, were seen in a viral video standing on top of their cars and throwing bundles of Naira notes into the air at a popular plaza in Benin City.

“They had embarked on a similar mission at the same venue on Sunday before they were intercepted by operatives of the commission at the exit. The other suspects were arrested at their hideout in Benin City,” Uwujaren disclosed.

He listed those arrested to include “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; Jacob Kelvin, Aker Kelly; Promise Godspower; Lucky Dickson and Osamode Efosa.

“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.

Uwujaren said the suspects had made useful statements and would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations were completed.

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