The Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday arrested a 28-year-old medical doctor, Chijioke Precious, and 17 others over alleged Internet fraud in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The EFCC identified the other suspects, whose ages ranged between 21 and 34, as Anthony Joshua, Henry Mezie, Chukwuebuka Ahiwe, Michael Chinagorom, Jossy Irokwe, Ibe Chukwuebuka, Iroadinma Chibuike, Uchechukwu Divine and Nwosu Emmanuel.
Others are Kenneth Williams, Mmesoma Oparanozie, Chikezie Ogochukwu, Uchenna Ejiogu, Victor Chijioke, Chidera Cyprian, Chukwuebuka Precious and Anyaehie Kelvin.
The agency said the suspects were arrested around 1 am on Wednesday in the Umuguma area of World Bank, Owerri, Imo State.
The EFCC said it recovered from the suspect’s luxurious cars, including one green Lexus ES 350, one blue Lexus ES 320, two Toyota Venza, one silver Lexus RX 350, one black Toyota vehicle and one white Mercedes Benz 4Matic.
Other items recovered are over 20 sophisticated mobile phones, 12 laptops, four inverter batteries, one television and jewellery suspected to be proceeds of crime.