…seizes Benz GLK, $49,000 Porsche, N300m duplex from others
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two brothers for Internet fraud. It recovered two laptop computers, a white Range Rover Sport, white Mercedes Benz E350, and a grey Toyota Camry from the brothers.
The anti-graft body also recovered Benz GLK, Mercedes Benz car, Porsche worth $49,000 and duplex valued at N300 million, among others, from another set of suspected fraudsters.
The two brothers, Joel and John Onwochei, were arrested for posing as Britons to defraud a Zambian lady via Facebook. Acting Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Tony Orilade, said:
“Investigation into the activities of another syndicate traced to the Nova Estate in Apo, led to the arrest of Joel and John (both brothers). John the younger of the brothers confessed that he got involved in Internet fraud as a student of the Delta State University.” John successfully defrauded Miss Lynese from Zambia, using Facebook, under the guise that he was Carlos Gomes, a British citizen.
Among items found in his possession were an iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, and he confessed to having a landed property in Benin, Edo State, all of which he acquired for N1 million he made from Internet fraud. Orilade said: “Two laptop computers, a white Range Rover Sport, white Mercedes Benz E350, and a grey Toyota Camry were recovered from him. His brother, Joel, confessed that he got into yahoo-yahoo through his brother, and asked him to teach him how to go about love scam.”
“Thereafter, I tried to create an email account, but I was unsuccessful. My brother bought a wristwatch worth N6,000 for me and I’m willing to forfeit it to the government if given the opportunity,” Joel reportedly said. The two brothers were arrested along with other suspected Internet fraudsters in separate raids carried out at various times across a number of locations in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The suspects – Chemezie Valentine Ezeife, Onwochei Chibuzor John, Onwochei Joel, Marvin Nwankwo, Prince Ojenike, and Jude Olatekobowale – were arrested following a tip-off. “Ezeife was arrested on January 16, 2019 at the Life Camp residential area in Abuja, following intelligence reports of shady activities traced to him. Among items recovered from him were a Mercedes Benz C300, Toyota Camry and Lexus Jeep, Seagate hard drive, four laptop computers, an ECOWAS international passport, various wristwatches, two iPhones and blackberry phones, and a Samsung phone. Several suspicious emails were also traced to his account,” Orilade said.
The residence of a seventh suspect, Owootomo Tomilola Sunday (22), was also raided at the Gwarimpa axis following tipoff of his shady activities, and is suspected to be into “Yahoo Plus”, also called “Wire-Wire.” He is involved with hackers who compromise e-mail of multinationals and other prominent companies. Among items recovered from Owootomo who is currently at large, are two Bugatti cars, a Mercedes Benz GLK, Mercedes Benz car, Porsche worth $49,000 and duplex valued at N300 million. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.