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No fewer than 36 suspected internet fraudsters in Imo State have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Eastern Updates gathered that operatives of the commission raided several locations in the State on and took the following suspects into custody: Iwuanyanwu Divine, Nwoke Udojah, Patrick Micheal, Chukwu Hillary, Charles Nneji, Nwachukwu Chibueze, Obinna Ajem, Egwu Williams, Samuel Michael, Chukwuma Destiny, Emenalom Precise.
Others were Nwaeze Obinna, Ogbonna Monday, Raymond Chigozie, Mmadu Bright, Chigozie Sixtus, Ike Joachim Uchechukwu, Ifeanyi Uzor, Ike Joseph, Ekperi Ikechukwu, Iwwohen Ikechukwu, Joshua Emmanuel, John Dickson, Madu Sixtus.
The rest included Onyemauche Tochukwu, Chibueze Miracle, Precious Uchenna, Amamasim Bright, Ibeawuchi Obumneke, Ihugba Chikmso, Chima Charles, Christian Mahakwe, Okorie Arinze, Chukwu Kenechukwu, Mahakwe Charles and Chima Fidel.
They were arrested at Owerri, the Imo capital, following intelligence linking them to cyber-fraud targeting mostly foreign nationals.
Items recovered included several phones, laptops, international passports, Lexus ES350 with NYCN reg. number IMO 44.
Others were Mercedes Benz GLK with reg. number KTU 729 HD and Toyota Camry with reg. number KTU 720 HL.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Meanwhile, a Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital has declared the controversial Ebonyi Cybercrimes Law 2021 which was promulgated by the State House of Assembly as unconstitutional, null, and void.
The Eastern Updates reports that the Court ruling followed a suit by one Pascal Etu, who had dragged Governor David Umahi over the controversial law.
Recall that the Ebonyi State Government had in September 2021 enacted the law under controversial circumstances.
Aside from members of the House of Assembly, no journalist was present when the law was enacted.
There was also no proof of the law going through a public hearing before being passed. And this generated public outcry in and outside the state.
The Eastern Updates