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EFCC arrests 24 suspected ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ apprentices in Uyo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has announced the arrest of 24 suspected internet fraudsters who allegedly trained for cyber crimes in Akwa Ibom.

EFCC spokesperson Dele Oyewale in a statement on Monday, January 22, said operatives of the Uyo Zonal Command apprehended the suspects while acting on intelligence.

He said the agency received information regarding a storey building at Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela areas suspected to be a hideout for training internet fraudsters.

According to Oyewale, operatives launched a sting operation on both locations and caught all the male suspects before they were able to escape.

The spokesperson also disclosed that the suspected fraudsters will be charged to court once investigations are concluded.

The statement reads in part; “On November 28, 2019, the EFCC arrested 23 trainers and trainees at a “Yahoo Academy” at Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

“The all-male suspects were arrested in two locations in an intelligence-driven sting operation at D-Line Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela area, both in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“Items recovered from the premises and the suspects include: five exotiic cars; 18 laptops; 17 mobile phones and one internet router.”