CYBERCRIME: EFCC Arrests 48 Internet Fraudsters in Benue

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Thursday, said it had arrested 48 persons for involvement in Internet fraud and other financial crimes from January this year to date.

It stated that out of the number, 13 were facing prosecution, while three had already been convicted. The Head of Operations, Makurdi Zonal Office, EFCC, Johnson Babalola, revealed these at a news conference in the state capital.

He explained that the commission had embarked on intensive manhunt for Internet fraudsters, adding that it was collaborating with the United States of America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol to rid the country of financial crimes. According to him, the anti-graft agency is also engaged in multi-sectorial advocacy with the National Youth Service Corps, the police, civil society organisations and at market places, noting that the collaboration was already yielding results.

Babalola stated, It is a matter of common knowledge that Nigeria has been in the news of recent. We are also aware that the FBI’s list of fraudsters is under investigation and the substantial majority of those on the list are Nigerians, and because of the strategic partnership and professional collaboration that we have with the FBI, we interface and the issues are being taken care of.

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