Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, have arrested 23 Internet fraud suspects at a building which is being used as training outpost for potential cyber criminals.
The building housing the “Yahoo Academy” is located on Essien Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok village, Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State.
The suspects are:Uzoma Chibuike; Bob Okwondu; Stanhope Wise; Kingsley Maxwell; Otuokpani Chukwuma; Onyedikachi Ogwuegbu; Ocheowoni Odey Ogbudu; Franklin Ukoh; Emmanuel Odinkaru and Okpani Daniel Maduabuchi. Others are Onyekachi F. N. Akwukwaegbu ; Obinna Kalu; Emmanuel Chima; Mbutidem Godwin Daniel; Darlington Rowland Victor; Chibuike Ogu; Elijah Samuel; Chibuozo Prince; Ogbonna Kelvin; Michael Rufus; Peter Jerry and Nwakwuoke Kingsley.
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They are aged between 19 and 35.
According to the EFCC, they have confessed that they were undergoing training in various aspects of cyber criminality such as; Love Scam, Online Trading Scam, Identity theft, etc.
According to them, while on training, they all carried out various functions such as Cooks, Duty master, ICT manager, etc, in the regimented premises to ensure a smooth running of the Academy.
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The owners of the ‘Academy’ are still at large.
At the conclusion of the ongoing Investigation, the culprits would be charged to court, EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said.