January 23, 2019
Metro News

EFCC Arrests Fraudsters, Intercepts $2.8m At Enugu Airport

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has intercepted a cash sum of $2.8m from two men suspected to be money launderers, at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

It was learnt that the suspects, Ighoh Augustine and Ezekwe Emmanuel, were nabbed on Thursday based on intelligence report.

The acting EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, disclosed in a statement in Abuja on Friday, that the two men were caught with consignments of two suitcases containing $1.4m each, totaling $2.8m at the departure lounge of the airport while they were about to board an Arik Air flight to Lagos.

“During interrogation, the suspects confessed that they had been in the business of conveying cash for some notable banks for over six years and were in the process of doing same for one of the banks located at New Market, Onitsha, Anambra State, when they were caught,” the statement added.

The commission said the suspects further confessed that they had so far carried out such assignments, “four times this year.”

It explained that the suspects were presently giving useful information to operatives and would be charged to court soon.

Meanwhile the anti-graft agency has arrested 10 suspected Internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boys, in Delta and Rivers states.

The South-South Zonal Director of EFCC, Nnaghe Obono-Itam, who spoke while parading the suspects in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, disclosed that they (suspects) defrauded their victims after telling them they were American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.

Obono-Itam stated that the suspects, who were all Nigerians, used their online tricks to swindle some Americans, adding that three Americans lost $20,000 to the fraudsters.

He pointed out that the suspects specialized in using iTunes to get money from their victims, adding that they (suspects) were apprehended with the assistance of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

He said, “We have noticed that within the last three months, we have the issue of Yahoo boys who appeared to have resurfaced. I am glad to say that with the partnership of the Federal SARS, we were able to apprehend some of them.

“They were arrested in Asaba, Warri in Delta State and Port Harcourt in Rivers State. The most interesting aspect of it is that we still find people that fall prey to these scammers.

“We have Nigerians who pretended that they were American soldiers who came from Afghanistan and were talking to the Americans as if they were Americans soliciting funds.

“They extorted money from them through iTunes. We have four of them in our custody; we still have others who pretended to be American soldiers and were telling their victims that there were a lot of mineral deposits such as gold in Nigeria.

“They contact people online in China, asking them to come and buy the mineral deposits. In Nigeria, they collect N5,000 each from the unsuspecting public, which they receive from banks from Nigeria.”

The zonal EFCC director urged Nigerians to beware of those they give their account details, adding that such information could put them into trouble.

Speaking on the achievements of the anti-graft agency in the zone, Obono-Itam explained that the commission recovered the monies in cash and forfeitures.

The monies, according to him, recovered from corporate organisations and individuals are N1,674,891,899 , $552,368.55 and 5,225 Euros.

He disclosed that between February 2, 2018 and December 20, 2018, no fewer than 310 cases of fraud had been forwarded for legal attention while the commission had secured 33 convictions.

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