The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Thursday bursted 23 suspected internet fraudsters at a building reportedly used as training school for potential cyber criminals on Essien Street, Ikot Ibiok Village in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Some of the named suspects are: Ogbonna Kelvin, Emmanuel Chima, Uzoma Chibuike, Darlington Rowland Victor, Bob Okwondu, Stanhope Wise, Kingsley Maxwell, Otuokpani Chukwuma, Onyedikachi Ogwuegbu, Ocheowoni Odey Ogbudu, Franklin Ukoh, Emmanuel Odinkaru, Okpani Daniel Maduabuchi and Elijah Samuel.
Others are Onyekachi F. N. Akwukwaegbu, Obinna Kalu, Mbutidem Godwin Daniel, Chibuike Ogu, Chibuozo Prince, Michael Rufus, Peter Jerry and Nwakwuoke Kingsley.
A statement by EFCC revealed that the suspects between 19 and 35 years had confessed that they were undergoing training in various aspects of cybercrimes such as; love scam; identity theft; online trading scam, etc.
“During questioning, the suspects narrated how they were recruited into the ‘academy’ to acquire knowledge in cybercrime”. EFCC said. The suspects said while they were in the academy, functions such as cooking; duty master; ICT manager; and other assignments are carried out by students in the school to ensure a smooth running of the academy.
Items recovered from the suspects are; 25 HP laptops, 5 Dell laptops, 1 Asus laptop, 1Lenovo laptop, 1 Acer laptop, 1 Toshiba laptop and accessories; 13 Android phones of different models; 6 small phones, 1 MTN 4G Wi-Fi, 2 universal modems and 1 First Bank of Nigeria ATM card. “We have launched a manhunt for the owners of the Yahoo School.” “The suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.” EFCC said.