After Nearly A 3 Week Hiatus, The Nigerian EFCC Is Back Arresting Scammers!
After the abrupt removal of the Nigerian EFCC Chairman and the appointment of his replacement, the EFCC’s enforcement took a nose dive!
Many are questioning the Nigerian government’s commitment to eradicating online criminals/cybercriminals from Nigeria. And the hiatus of the last 3 weeks is not speaking well of their efforts.
Under the previous Nigerian EFCC chairman, they arrested nearly 5,000 criminals in 2022. Now that we are at the midpoint of the year and the new management has not even arrested 100.
These are very disappointing results from Nigerian law enforcement. It leaves many wondering if the new Nigerian President has been corrupted by organized crime and if this was a deliberate effort to destroy the EFCC’s effectiveness. With the world watching, perhaps it is time for more direct political advocacy to get the Nigerian government’s attention.
At least this week a new Nigerian gang was shut down and 12 scammers were arrested, but this is a one-time event and does not speak to renewed commitment!
Latest Nigerian Arrests:
12 NIGERIAN SCAMMERS ARRESTED – THE FIRST ARREST IN NEARLY 3 WEEKS
a PAIR OF Siblings AND 10 Other Suspected Internet Fraudsters Nabbed in Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abuja Zonal Command arrested 12 suspected internet fraudsters.
The suspects, including two brothers, Maxwell Nwanno and Kingsley Nwanno, were arrested at different estates in Gwarimpa, Katampe, and Karu, axes of Abuja, following credible intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
The other suspects are Owoh Chinedu, Ricaldo Francis, Thomas Pante, Chika Okoh, Okusun Destiny, and Richard Anthony.
Others include Jonathan Victor, Ekulonor Emmanuel, Thompson Amieghemen, and Kingsley Henry.
Items recovered from the suspects include over 20 mobile phones of different makes, nine laptops, three luxury Mercedes Benz cars, a Toyota Avalon, and a Lexus 330.
They will be charged in court as soon as investigations are concluded.
• SCARS NOTE: The Nigerians typically only charge each criminal once – for a single victim – ignoring all of the other victims of these criminals. This is to simplify their own investigation, arraignment, and trial process. This neither brings justice for the victims nor makes the criminals account for the extreme pain and harm they have caused. The result is usually very short prison sentences or even community services since most are not viewed as serial criminals but just first-time offenders.
• SCARS NOTE: Sadly all money and assets seized will be turned over to the Nigerian Treasury, and no money will be returned to victims. Also, sentences reflect the absence of victim participation in the sentencing process.