The Port Harcourt Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters.
They are, Kufre Miller Okoh, Joshua Tom, Emmanuel Ekpuk Anderson, Pascal Alisiri, Chimeze Umungalaen, Clinton Alisiobi and Joshua Onuigbo.
The suspects were said to be arrested in Umuahia, Abia State, and Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
According to a statement on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from the Public Affairs department of the Port Harcourt zonal office, while Okoh, Tom and Anderson were arrested at their hideout in a part of Port Harcourt, early hours of Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Alisiri, Umungalaen, Alisiobi and Onuigbo were arrested at a Hotel in Umuahia on Monday, February 3, 2020.
The EFCC noted that the “operation was based on actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in Internet fraud which was supported by surveillance on their hideouts.”
The Commission further stated that “preliminary investigation has indicated that the suspects, particularly those arrested in Port Harcourt were neck-deep in bitcoin scam,” they claim.
The Federal Government agency listed the items recovered from the suspects to include one Apple laptop, one Lenovo laptop, one Infinix hot 6 Pro, two Infinix Hot 6, one Intel P31, one iPhone 5, two iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 11.
The Commission assured that the suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.