Nine suspected internet fraudsters, who also specialize in bitcoin scam have been arrested by the Port Harcourt Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The suspects were identified as Emmanuel Fidelis Nwambu, Sotonye Orugbane, David Egbunugwu, Emmanuel Chinemerem, Providence Oliver Samuel, Promise Nkwachi, Micah Nimi, Precious Ogadinma and Ebi Micah.
After an intelligent report, the EFCC sprung into action and apprehended them in an early morning raid on Wednesday at their hideout in Ozuoba by Obirikwere Road, Choba; NTA Road and Ada George Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
From investigations carried out, there are indications that the suspects specialize in identity theft, love scam, trading scam, online Bitcoin scam, among others.
Some items were recovered from them including 16 Mobile phones of different brands; one HP laptop; two Apple watches and two Vehicles, a Lexus ES 350 with registration number Abuja KUJ 412 AT, and one Toyota Camry 2.4 with registration number Abuja KWL 35 AT.
Investigations are ongoing, and the suspects will be charged to court as soon investigations are concluded.
It can be recalled that a similar arrest occurred in February 2020, the EFCC, Port Harcourt Zonal Office, also arrested seven suspected internet fraudsters.
According to the official Website of South-South Zonal Office of the EFCC, the suspects were Kufre Miller Okoh, Joshua Tom, Emmanuel Ekpuk Anderson, Pascal Alisiri, Chimeze Umungalaen, Clinton Alisiobi, and Joshua Onuigbo.
The trio of Kufre Miller Okoh, Joshua Tom, and Emmanuel Ekpuk Anderson were picked up by operatives of the Commission on Tuesday, February 4 in an early morning raid on their hideout, No 52/53 Azungu Street, Rumuigbo, Port Harcourt.
The quartet of Pascal Alisiri, Chimeze Umungalaen, Clinton Alisiobi, and Joshua Onuigbo were arrested at Intercontinental Hotel, Umuahia, Abia State on February 3, 2020.