Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has raided the hideouts of suspected cyber criminals and arrested 39 of them in Osun and Ogun states of South Western Nigeria.
According to the EFCC, 10 of the suspects were arrested in Ilesha, Osun State, while 29 others were apprehended in different locations at Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State.
The anti-corruption commission listed the names of the suspects arrested in Ilesha as: Oyesoji Tosin, Olaniyi Emmanuel, Samson Ojo, Sodiq Sunkanmi, Kolawole Abiodun, Oluwole Gbenga, Olajuyigbe Olamide, Oyebanji Olabisi Temitope, Ayoola Oluwafemi, and Oluwatobiloba Gbadamosi.
According to the commission, the suspects arrested at Ago-Iwoye include Emmanuel Lawal, Kareem Olamide, Adekunle Kehinde Salawu, Bella Tijesu, Aderibigbe Adedoyin, Anifowose Hammed, Lateef Adetayo, Busari Oluwatobi, Tobi Adeyemi, Gabriel Obisesan, Oluwole Olasunkanmi and Odetola Samson.
Others are Farouq Dosu, Ayilara Akindeji, Ademola Adedare, Ishola Adeleke, Alex Olasunmade, Idowu Abolaji, Okegbenro Idris, Akinlolu Akintunde, Oshoboke Shashaeniyan, Adeyemi Opeyemi, Oluwatoyin Olutekunbi, Albert Charles, Olawuyi Olanrewaju, Tunde Adekoya, Gbolahan Olalekan, Alade Oluwasegun and Ajanaku Qudus.
EFCC said the suspects were arrested after a series of surveillance based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
The commission said it recovered from the suspects, items that include seven cars, laptop computers, mobile phones, and several documents containing false pretences.
It noted that it would charge the suspected criminals to court as soon as investigations were concluded.
This is coming hours after the operatives of the commission paraded 23 suspected cyber criminals and internet fraudsters in Lagos and Edo states.
The suspects were arrested at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, Feb. 4.
Nigeria is seen as the haven of internet scammers who misuse their knowledge to defraud people.
On Monday, Opashola Abdullahi, a lecturer at Kwara State College of Health Technology pleaded guilty to the count charge bordering on romance scam.
According to the findings by EFCC, the lecturer who was arraigned in court created an email address which he used using to defraud unsuspecting victims.
“During a search executed in his house, we recovered an Infinix and a Nokia phone which he used as instrumentality of the crime,” the EFCC said.