A man who claimed to be a businessman dealing in shoes and clothes at a market in Umuahia, Abia State, was among seven internet fraudsters popularly known as Yahoo Boys who were arrested during an early morning raid on their hideout on Wednesday, October 27, by the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The supposed dealer in shoes and clothes, whose name was given as Peter Ugochukwu and said to be doing the business in Umuahia, Abia State, was arrested over his involvement in internet crimes along with six other young men.
The names of the six others arrested during a sting operation by the operatives of the Uyo zonal command of the commission were given as George Izuchukwu, Okeke Desmond, Ekwonna Wisdom, Ejikeme Godspower, Nwachukwu Samuel and Justin Tochi.
It was gathered that the men were arrested at a location in Umuahia following intelligence report gathered by the operatives of the commission over the various forms of criminal activities they perpetrated on the internet.
According to a statement by the commission on its Facebook wall on Wednesday, at the point of their arrest, items recovered from them included four cars of various brands, laptops, phones and other incriminating documents which they used to defraud their victims.
The statement added that the men had given useful information to the operatives of the commission after which they will be prosecuted in the court of law after the conclusion of investigation.
Part of the EFCC’s statement read: “Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today, October 27, 2021, arrested seven internet fraudsters at their hideout during an early morning sting operation.
“Among those that were arrested was one Peter Ugochukwu, a supposed businessman who claims he deals in shoes and clothes in Umuahia, Abia State.
“The other six internet fraudsters arrested were George Izuchukwu, Okeke Desmond, Ekwonna Wisdom, Ejikeme Godspower, Nwachukwu Samuel and Justin Tochi.
“They had given useful information to the operatives and they will be prosecuted in the court of law after the comclusion of investigation about their activities on the internet.”