The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC says its operatives from the Benin Zonal Command, on Tuesday, arrested two owners of yahoo schools and seven other suspected internet fraudsters in Benin City, Edo State.
Disclosing this in a terse statement made available to the press on Thursday, the EFCC said two of the arrested suspects run Internet Fraud Coaching Centre (a.k.a HK) in Benin City.
The yahoo school owners, Osagie Ogiemwonyi and Onukwugho Favour and seven of their “students” were; arrested at their centres following actionable intelligence worked upon by the Commission, the EFCC said.
The Commission named Destiny Ohikwugbe, Chata Okoro, Ighodaro Omede, Ehigie Idemudia, Lawrence Daniel, Raymond Ogiemwonyi Oghosa and Henry Philip as the seven other suspects.
Items recovered from the suspects according to the Commission include; a Mercedes Benz GLK, Lexus 350, phones and laptops.
Meanwhile, four men were, on Wednesday, arraigned before Magistrate Ejiro Kubeinje sitting at the Ikeja Magistrate’s court for offences bordering on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining under false pretence, and receiving stolen property.
The defendants, Uche Onyeneke, Wudur Babagana, Dayo Adeyinka, and Patrick Okunmwendia, were accused of stealing, selling, and receiving a stolen Mercedes Benz worth N7 million.
The prosecutor, DSP Kehinde Ajayi, said the second and third defendants obtained; the sum of N400,000 from one Enobong Idiong with the promise of repairing his vehicle.
The second defendant was; however, accused of unlawfully converting three wristwatches and a cabin container found in the car to personal use. The value of the property was; N19.7 million
The first defendant was said to have; received the stolen vehicle from the three other defendants.
The offences were; said to be punishable under Sections 280, 287, 314, 328, and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.