Nigerians Criticise EFCC After Arresting 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters
Some Nigerians online have continued to berate the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after the commission’s Uyo Zonal Command announced the arrest of 33 young persons between the age of 22 and 35 for allegedly being involved in fraudulent activities.
The EFCC in its statement said it on Thursday nabbed “thirty-three (33) suspected internet fraudsters during a sting operation at different locations in Calabar, Cross River State.
“Seventeen of the arrested suspects were picked up at a location on Post Office Street, Royal Estate, off Ekot Onin, while ten (10) were apprehended at No.1 Marian Owan by Lemena junction. The other six suspects were arrested at Parliamentary Extension, Calabar.
“The suspects aged between 22 – 35 years are Modey Terrence Akong, Detoo Bem Daniel, Godson Topbie, Moses Valentine Nkpung, Idang Confidence, Chinagorom Edward, Enwereuzo Chidiebere, Obioma ThankGod, Richard Reinhard, Clinton Christopher, Raymond Samuel, Etim Paul, Okechukwu Caleb, and Joseph Akobo.
“Others are Morayo Jerry, Ogar Jemyford, Emmanuel Chika, Okpubeku Prosper, Onedo Caleb, Enajemo Oghenekaro, Great Asume, Ebuka Uzokwe, Obikwelu Ugochukwu, Oloko Pius Monshe, Gideon Ani, Effiong Akaninyene, Agoh Oscar, Agu Favour, Abang Godswill, Amalam Micheal, Luka Kaben, Ifeanyi Enwereuzo, and Achilonu Moses.
“At the point of arrest, several laptops and mobile phones were recovered from the suspects. Also recovered from them are three Lexus saloon cars with registration numbers: LAGOS – AKD 56 FQ, ABUJA- KUJ 79 BM, and IMO – UMG 956 KU; a Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord with registration numbers LAGOS – APP 368FY and OYO – BDJ 476AQ respectively.
“The arrested suspects will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.”
Comments following the commission’s announcement from online users are seen to be laden with criticism.
“Hope u also publish and prosecute politicians the same way?” an online user Nda Wisdom Suleiman said.
Another online user Emmanuel Philip said, “If you guys can’t arrest and charge corrupt politicians and public office holders, you people should forget about corruption fight in Nigeria.”
Several others left statements questioning the integrity and professionalism of the commission.