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The operatives of the Nnewi Vigilance Service in Anambra State have apprehended no fewer 30 suspected internet fraudsters also called Yahoo boys and kidnappers during a raid in the area.
The raid took place in two buildings at Obiofia, Nnewichi-Nnewi, which the operatives tagged ‘Operation sweep.’
The vigilante operatives recently evolved a policy of keeping Nnewi free of kidnappers, armed robbery and cyber crime, as well as exploitation of young girls and other forms of crimes.
The raid also led to the arrest of some young girls allegedly being exploited by the hoodlums, while some charms, mobile phones and dozens of SIM cards were recovered from the suspects.
A commander of the group said the suspects had been handed over to the police for further interrogation and possible prosecution.
According to him, the facilities housing the suspects had also been sealed by the Vigilante Group for further investigation.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Tochukwu Ikenga, who confirmed the incident, said investigation into the matter had already commenced.
‘The command has received the suspects and interrogation has commenced,’ he said.
In another report, the Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, has ruled out the possibility of any strong political force removing Prof Chukwuma Soludo from the governorship seat in 2025.
The chairman who spoke with journalists in his office in Awka, the Anambra State capital, said APGA was not afraid of the impact of the Obidient movement, insisting that it would fizzle out before long.
The obidient movement is a political support group of the former governor of the state and Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi.
Obi-Okoye said, twice APGA has beaten candidates sponsored by Obi and would most likely beat anyone he sponsors by 2025.