Operatives from the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday went on a manhunt for suspected internet fraudsters and arrested 32 persons.
Aged between 15 and 39 years, the suspects were arrested at Liberty Estate, Laderin area of Abeokuta, Ogun State, during an early morning sting operation carried out by men of the Commission.
Apparently on a tip off, the officials raided the hideouts of the suspects, who were taken by surprise when the EFCC operatives swooped in on them at one of their havens.
Fourteen of them claimed to be undergraduates, while 18 others said they were self-employed in various vocations.
The arrest was sequel to a petition detailing their alleged fraudulent activities, including internet fraud through which they reportedly obtained money from unsuspecting victims.
Items allegedly recovered from them include six exotic cars, laptops, mobile phones, several documents containing false pretences and fetish objects.
According to the commission’s spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the suspects are already “helping operatives with useful information.”
“They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” he added.