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Security operatives arrest two for ‘internet fraud’, recover ’68 ATM cards’

Maryam Abdullahi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says two suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested with 68 blank ATM cards in Enugu.

Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesperson, in a statement on Friday, said the suspects were handed over to the commission by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

According to Uwujaren, the suspects were arrested and handed over to the Enugu zonal command of the EFCC on October 23.

He said the suspects, identified as Eze David and Onyia Chika Steven, were handed over along with the recovered items which included written statements recorded at the office of the NDLEA.


Among items recovered said to have been recovered from Steven are “68 blank GTB ATM cards, mobile phones, and a Lexus IS350 salon car with registration number BWR 977 BR”.

“Preliminary investigation following the handover reveals that the suspect Onyia is into ATM card scam as two more blank ATM cards were recovered at his residence in the course of executing a search warrant,” the EFCC spokesman said.

“Also, a staff of a new generation bank at Rangers Avenue, Enugu, whose conversation with the suspect was intercepted by the commission, has been arrested and is currently helping the investigation.”


In another development, eight suspected internet fraudsters have been handed over to the EFCC by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Uwujaren said the suspects were arrested at a “luxurious apartment” in an estate in Enugu.

“They are suspected to be apprentices learning the craft of cyber fraud. They will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded,” he added.

This story is published in partnership with Report for the World, a global service program that supports local public interest journalism.
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