A 28-year-old medical doctor, Chijioke Precious, and 17 other suspected internet fraudsters, commonly known as ‘Yahoo boys’, have been arrested in Owerri, Imo State, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC said operatives from its Uyo zonal office made the arrests on Wednesday.
In a statement posted on its verified Facebook page, the anti-graft agency said the suspects were aged between 21 and 34.
The suspects were identified as Chijioke Precious, Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie, Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike, Uchechukwu Divine and Nwosu Emmanuel.
Others are Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu, Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious and Anyaehie Kelvin.
Acting on tip-off, the EFCC operatives arrested the suspected fraudsters at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday at the Umuguma area called “World Bank” in Owerri, Imo state.
The anti-graft agency said items recovered from the suspects include one green Lexus ES350, one blue Lexus ES320, two Toyota Venza, one silver Lexus RX 350, one black Toyota and one white Mercedes Benz 4Matic.
It said the operatives also recovered 20 sophisticated mobile phones, more than 12 laptops, four inverter batteries, one big screen television and jewelries suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, said the anti-graft agency.