140 cyber criminals arrested in Lagos State within three months, says crimes commission

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal office has arrested 140 cybercriminals over a period of three months

Penpushing reports that, the Zonal Head, Abdulrasheed Bawa, made this known adding that 38 cyber criminals, including seven girls, were arrested on a particular day during one of the raids in some parts of the state.

The agency Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement said the commission carried out series of investigations regarding computer related fraud, adding that Bawa lamented that cybercriminals were not contributing genuinely to the economy of the country.

“ We have carried out series of investigations regarding computer-related fraud. We have done about nine of such investigations around the Lekki area of Lagos.Over a period of three months, we arrested close to 140 cyber criminals’, he said.

“In one of the raids, we arrested 38, including seven girls, who are “girlfriends” of the suspects. But the girls were immediately released after it was established that they were not abetting or aiding their boyfriends in the alleged crime.”

Penpushing further reports that the commission described the development as “as a huge problem”, and charged Nigerians to join hands with the agency to stamp out internet fraud from our society.

The Zonal boss while reacting to the allegation that the commission had been thriving on media trial, vehemently refuted the claim, saying it had always been peddled by people who are ignorant of the modus operandi of the commission, and he  also frowned on linking the achievements of the agency to alleged media exposure.

“The only place where a trial takes place is in the court. We charge people to court, and the court is at liberty to look at what we do. If  it agrees with what we have presented before it, it gives judgment in our favour and vice-versa;, he explained.

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