29 Nigerians grabbed for internet fraud

The Ho Municipal Police Command arrested 29 Nigerians believed to be internet fraudsters, operating in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, during a swoop last Friday.

The suspects were arrested from two rented apartments, which are about 150 meters apart, at Ho-Area 52, in the afternoon.

This follows a tip-off from some residents of the area, who became uncomfortable with the large number of “foreigners”, who had suddenly occupied the two houses.

The Ho Municipal Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Anthony Danso, led 11 other armed officers to the area and arrested the suspects.

He said the police seized 33 laptop computers, two flat screen television sets, one router and more than 20 cellular phones , three standing fans, more than 10 subscribers Identity Module (SIM) cards and one table-top fridge, from the suspects.

DSP Danso told the Ghanaian Times at the weekend that all the suspects had admitted engaging in cyber fraud, but maintained that their targets were foreigners and not Ho residents.

They also told the police that they were recruited by ‘some people’ to work from them.

The Ho Municipal Police Commander gave the age of the youngest suspect as 17 years old while the ages of rest of the others,  ranged  from 19 to 27 years old.

According to him, one of the suspects, Peter Okhaide, 20, attempted to escape, but he was restrained by the residents.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

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