No one can dispute the fact that Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has made a lot of arrests this year alone. Another report of such just reached us on Naijauto, of some suspected internet fraudsters, who were recently arrested by the operatives of EFCC of the Uyo Zonal Office. From the information gathered here, those suspects were arrested at 2 locations in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State.
The 2007 Toyota Camry confiscated from the suspected yahoo boys after EFCC laid siege on their hideout
The arrest was made last Friday 22 November, where five of them were apprehended in Block-L, Mixed-Use Layout, Parliamentary Extension, Ikot Ansa, Calabar municipality. Their names are:
- Emmanuel Omengala, aged 23 and indigene of Otukpo in Benue State
- Jude Segun (24) from Eseodo, Ondo State and a 400 level student of University of Calabar.
- Paul Omengala (25) from Otukpo, Benue State and a student of Cross River State University.
- Ogah Ugbabe (21) from Otukpo and a student of Benue State University.
- Valentine Obonga (24) from Otukpo and a student of Benue State University.
The other two suspects who are siblings were reportedly arrested at Ekorinim Phase II. Their names are:
- Promise Ben-Nkanga (28), currently unemployed from Mkpat Enin in Akwa Ibom State.
- Stephen Ben-Nkanga (22) from Akwa-Ibom as well and a student of accounting at the University of Calabar.
Other valuables seized from the suspects recently in Calabar
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The list of all male suspects include: Nohuwan Frank (26), Endurance Ahunwan (28), Dominic Chidiebere (28), Patrick Edos (27), Idehe Efosa (17), Michael Edward (25), Samuel Ukiwe (21), Harrison Esi (17), Destiny Efe (17), Igbinigun Osamudia (17) and Hope Yusuf (19).
The 17-year old Esi tried to avoid arrest by hiding himself in the apartment roof with some of their operational tools. He disclosed that he was instructed by their leader, Ahunwan, to hide himself and those implicating tools in the roof of the house to avoid seizure of those items and arrest.
“Our leader ordered me to hide in the ceiling with the gadgets so that I will not be nabbed also,”
Their group leader, Ahunwan, upon arrest confessed that the team was recruited by him. He also justified their fraudulent activity by saying they were paying the Europeans back what they stole from their forefathers. He also disclosed that he got the consent of parents of his team members, in order to secure livelihood for them.
A 2007 Toyota Camry, several phones including different IPhone models and other brands, ATM cards of different banks, international passports, cheque book, sim cards and laptops were recovered from them.
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