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Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the arrest of eighteen suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu State.
In a statement on Tuesday by the spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren which was sent to The Eastern Updates said they were picked from different locations within the state.
The suspects included; Chigozie Philips, founder of Holy Family School in Abakpa, where he allegedly trains prospective cybercriminals.
Thirteen of Phillips protégés were apprehended during a sting operation on Monday.
They are Joacin Kelvin, Kelechi Ibe, Chinonso James, Udeh Isaiah, Michael Chukwuemeka, Kingsley Okorie, Henry Chidiebere, Elochukwu Chukwuemeka Michael, Nelson Nnaji.
Others include Desmond James, Ozoma Chinonso Anthony, Uchenna Aka, Ozor Celestine, Ifeanyi Ozor Bright, Etuma John, Okafor Chukwuemeka, Raymond Chinaza.
Uwujaren disclosed that items recovered from the suspects were 20 mobile phones and 2 laptops.
‘The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded,’ he added.
The EFCC for South East zone had last Saturday auctioned various cars, laptops, and phones forfeited to the Federal Government following investigations.
The Eastern Updates gathered that a large crowd of prospective buyers had thronged the Independence Layout office of the anti-graft agency as early as 7 am yesterday to purchase the items.
Eyewitnesses who witnessed the exercise said the bidding process was seamless and was on the highest-bidder basis.
It was gathered that no fewer than nine vehicles, some laptops and phones were auctioned.