The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested a 28-year-old medical practitioner, Chijioke Precious, and 17 others over alleged internet fraud in Owerri, Imo State.
In a statement, the commission said that the arrests were made by operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office on Wednesday 17 February 2021.
“The 17 others whose ages range between 21 and 34 are; Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie, Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike, Uchechukwu Divine and Nwosu Emmanuel.
“Others include Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu, Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious and Anyaehie Kelvin,” the statement read in part.
According to the EFCC statement, the suspects were arrested based on intelligence around 1 am on Wednesday at Umuguma area of “World Bank” in Owerri, Imo state.
“Recovered are 7 luxurious cars which 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.
“Other items recovered include over 20 sophisticated mobile phones, more than 12 laptops, four inverter batteries, one big-screen television, and pieces of jewelry suspected to be proceeds of crime,” the EFCC statement read in part.
The commission added that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded.