- EFCC operatives have arrested four individuals in the Lekki area, for suspected internet fraud
- A raid was carried out on their property following intelligence reports; and exotic cars and charms were discovered
- The suspects would be charged to court soon; and the EFCC has warned landlords to carry out background checks on tenants
Four suspected internet fraudsters were arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) on Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the Lekki area of Lagos state.
The development made public via the Facebook page of the anti-graft agency.
NAIJ.com notes that the suspects were identified as Ale Daniel, Tunde Badmus, Adams Tunde Adedeji and Ajiboye Gbenga.
The suspects were arrested for various offences bordering on cyber crimes and money laundering; and the raid was carried out following intelligence reports concerning their flamboyant lifestyle. During the operation, exotic cars and charms were recovered.
The EFCC zonal head for Lagos, Akanninyene Ezima, said: “It is to checkmate the activities of these undisciplined elements who want to reap where they did not sow. By this action, we are also sending a red alert to the so-called yahoo-yahoo boys that engaging in fraudulent deeds does not pay."
Ezima called on landlords , especially those in gated communities, to always run background checks on their tenants. He said this would prevent them from running afoul of Section 3 of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.
It states: “A person who, being the occupier or is concerned in the management of any premises, causes or knowingly permits the premises to be used for any purpose which constitutes an offence under this Act commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than 15 years and not less than five years without the option of a fine.”
As soon as investigations are concluded, the suspects will be charged to court.
In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that a final year accounting student of Ekiti state University was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Ibadan zonal for alleged internet fraud.
The commission in a statement, alleged that the suspect, Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, 31, posed on the internet as an American army officer by the name ‘Dennis Martinez’ who serves in Libya.
The EFCC said Babatunde Yemi engaged unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he duped them of their money.
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