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EFCC arrests 16 in Akure, Onitsha cyber cafe raids

Men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arrested 16 suspected cyber fraudsters as they raided cyber cafes in Akure, Ondo State and Onitsha, Anambra State.

While 10 were arrested in Akure, six were arrested in Onitsha where several units of computers were confiscated.

In Akure, apart from the ‘yahoo boys’, owners of some of the cafes were also arrested, while many computer sets and other accessories were impounded by the detectives.

The raid, which affected cafes on Oyemekun Road and Oba Adesida Road, according to sources, was part of efforts at eradicating internet fraud in the state.

This was said to have followed reports that the internet fraudsters that were chased away from Lagos, Ibadan and other cities had relocated to Akure.

Many of the victims were caught unawares by the invasion of the detectives, as they were said to be involving in the act when they were arrested.

The EFCC team was said to have arrived Akure on Monday and mixed with the customers of cafes notorious for cyber crimes.

Those arrested were later locked up at the cells of the “A” Division of the Ondo State Police Command.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr. Adeniran Aremu, confirmed that the EFCC was in the town to carry out the operation.

In Onitsha, the EFCC men, who came in an unmarked Toyota Hilux van, cordoned off the road leading to the famous Main Market, pounced on the operators, who were browsing at the cafe, questioned and searched them.

The leader of the squad said they were on a routine check and would release the arrested persons after interrogations.

A source told the Nigerian Tribune that the EFCC officials were acting on a tip off, adding that the cyber cafe had of late become a haven for youths who storm the place daily to send and access scam mails.

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August 22, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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