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Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that it has arrested 41 suspected internet fraudsters in Awka, Anambra State.
The Eastern Updates gathered that were arrested yesterday after intelligence had given hint of their alleged involvement in cybercrime and other related activities.
Sixteen of the suspects were arrested at Umuodu Tansi Road in Awka; the remaining 25 were arrested at Umudu Okpuno village in Awka South LGA.
The suspects are Ayo Iteze Chidiebere, Emeka Justice, Emmanuel Ayakem, Ememuo Innocent Ifeanyi, Odinaka Udeh, Eze Stanley Chineze, Emmanuel Chijioke Ejikeme, Chinonso Edwin Abonyi, Emmanuel Akoi Chibuike, Henry Umenyi Chukwualuka.
Akalam Kenneth, David Monday Ebuka, Uchechukwu Kingsley Ebuka, Henry Echezona, Onyedika Chukwu, Abuchi Awa, Henry Adumaka, Chidera Chika, Malachi Asonbe, Cosmos Obidimma and Akuma Wisdom.
Others are Okonkwo Stanley Chukwuma, Ezeakolam Godswill Chihurumnanya, Emmanuel Mgbakor kenechukwu, Benneth Odinaka, Ndefor Chukwudi, Ngadi Chima, Akalam Lucky Ibuchi, Akalam Michael, Justus Akalam.
The rest include Chukwu Benard, Anson Ugochukwu, Mathew Chukwuemeka, Temple Emmanuel, Agwu Victor, Godwin Okoro, Obumneke Nwankwo, Igboanugo Charles, Ibeh Chisom, Agbafuna Ifeanyi and Chukwu Joseph.
Many mobile phones, laptops, one Lexus RX350 SUV, one Lexus ES350 car, another unregistered Lexus ES350 car and one Toyota Camry car were recovered.
The EFCC noted that all arrested will be charged to court after investigations are concluded.
In another report, the EFCC has confirmed the arrest of no fewer than 120 citizens for alleged illegal oil theft in Rivers State.
The anti-graft agency had confirmed that it had carried out a joint operation with personnel of the 6 Division Garrison, Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt.
The apprehended suspects were accused of illegally refining stolen petroleum products and economic sabotage.
They were caught after offloading oil into vehicles at the waterfront for distribution within and outside Rivers State.