Men of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has arrested four suspected internet fraudsters, also known as “Yahoo Yahoo” operating in Calabar, capital of Cross Rivers State.
The arrest comes amidst a crackdown by the agency on cyber fraud as directed by its acting Director General, Ibrahim Magu.
The arrest of the notorious “yahoo” specialist, Akpojivi Joel Onoriode, a 29-year-old graduate of Delta State University, Abraka who is married with two kids, took place in the early hours of Saturday, May 4, 2019 and Sunday, May 5, 2019.
The EFCC, WHILE conducting a search on the premises, three luxury cars were recovered from him – ZDX Acura car, E 300 Mercedes Benz and a Range Rover SUV. The Range Rover could, however, not be moved out of the premises with other exhibits due to mechanical problems. Other items recovered include, two iPhones, one Nokia phone, and documents of landed properties owned by the suspect.
The morning raid on May 5, 2019 led to the arrest of alleged colleges of the prime suspect, Akpojivi Ifeanyi Chukwudi, Godwin Joseph and Iluobe Daniel. They were picked up at different locations within Calabar, following intelligence reports gathered by operatives of the Commission, following the high level of cyber crime in the town.
One of the suspects, Chukwudi confessed that he specialized in love scam, admitting that he had “made a lot of money from the business (yahoo-yahoo.)
He said: “I have defrauded women from the UK (United Kingdom). They usually pay me after we get engaged, and then, they will now want me to come over, that’s when they send me money and that’s how I get paid.”
Some of the items recovered from his apartment at Effiong Close, Satellite Town, Calabar include: one iPhone 8 Plus, one HP laptop containing fraudulent letters of false claims, and nine SIM card.
Joseph and Daniel were arrested at Etagbor Agbeansa area of Calabar. A Toyota Camry LE, one HP laptop containing scam emails and several exotic phones were recovered from them.
The commission revealed that the suspects will soon be charged to court.