EFCC arrests two suspected FBI-linked Internet fraudsters


Nigeria’s anti-graft police, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC said its ort Harcourt Zonal Office has arrested two suspected internet fraudsters linked to the ongoing collaborative investigations with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

The EFCC said in a statement that the suspects were separately arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Owerri, Imo State.

The agency said Ogbonnah Atoukaritou, who is a leader of a loose syndicate of fraudsters allegedly engaged in Business Email Compromise, BEC, was arrested in Port Harcourt while the other suspect, Alpha Chidi Egbeonu, suspected to be involved in defrauding a US-based victim, Goldberg Segalla LLP and other yet to be identified victims, was arrested in Owerri.

There are indications that the suspects had incriminating exhibits. The EFCC said it recovered several items from the suspects include laptops, android phones, land documents, hard disks, Central Processing Unit, warehouse and a recently built house, now attached by the EFCC.

“The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the agency said.

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