A suspected internet fraudster, yahoo boy arrested has said he got himself involved in scamming activities to get back what foreigners stole from their forefathers.
The suspect identified as Endurance Ahunwan, made this statement upon interrogation after his arrest by operatives of the special task force of the Uyo Zonal Office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
Endurance and his accomplices were arrested at an apartment on Parliamentary Extension, Akai Efa, Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the agency reports.
The all-male suspects are Endurance Ahunwan (28), Nohuwan Frank (26), Dominic Chidiebere (28), Idehe Efosa (17), Patrick Edos (27),
Samuel Ukiwe (21) and Michael Edward 25.
Others are: Destiny Efe (17), Hope Yusuf (19), Harrison Esi (17) and Igbinigun Osamudia (17).
Seventeen-year-old Esi was found hiding in the roof of the apartment along with some of their tools of operation.
According to him, their leader, Ahunwan instructed him to conceal himself and the gadgets in the roof in order to prevent his arrest and confiscation of the tools.
“Our leader ordered me to hide in the ceiling with the gadgets so that I will not be nabbed also,” Esi said.
Upon arrest, Ahunwan the prime suspect, confessed that he recruited the team, saying they were paying back Europeans for stealing from their forefathers.
He also alleged that the parents of the arrested accomplices gave their consent and pleaded with him to help their children secure a means of livelihood.
Items recovered from the suspected fraudsters include: 10 laptops, eight internet modems, several sophisticated telephone handsets, including one iphone, technical devices and scam emails.