Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested no fewer than 23 Persons suspected to be potential cybercriminals. The arrest happened in the early hours of Tuesday, November 28 in a building suspected to be a training center for potential cybercriminals at Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village, Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
In a statement released by EFCC, the arrested suspects are: Uzoma Chibuike; Bob Okwondu; Stanhope Wise; Kingsley Maxwell; Otuokpani Chukwuma; Onyedikachi Ogwuegbu; Ocheowoni Odey Ogbudu; Franklin Ukoh; Emmanuel Odinkaru and Okpani Daniel Maduabuchi. Others are Onyekachi F. N. Akwukwaegbu; Obinna Kalu; Emmanuel Chima; Mbutidem Godwin Daniel; Darlington Rowland Victor; Chibuike Ogu; Elijah Samuel; Chibuozo Prince; Ogbonna Kelvin; Michael Rufus; Peter Jerry and Nwakwuoke Kingsley.
Meanwhile, the suspects range from ages 19 to 35-year-old. They told the newsmen that they were going through training on different internet scams like dating, marriage, online trading and so many more.
The suspects added that while they were on training, they were made to serve their masters by running errands, cooking, and keeping the house tidy.
Some of the items retrieved from the suspects include 25 HP laptops, 5 Dell laptops, 1Lenovo laptop, 1 Toshiba laptop, 1 Asus laptop, 1 Acer laptop, and accessories. Also recovered from them are; 13 Android phones of different models, 6 small phones, 1 MTN 4G Wi-Fi, 2 universal modems and 1 First Bank of Nigeria ATM card.
EFCC, however, disclosed that while the investigation continued before the suspects are charged to court. The operative will not relent as the ‘owners’ or ‘proprietors’ of the academy are still at large.