The Economic Financial Crimes Commission has arrested 19 students of Akwa Ibom State University for internet-related offences.
The commission disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday on its website, noting that the suspects were apprehended on Friday, April 28, 2023.
The commission added that the undergraduate students were arrested at their private hostels – Obong Abasi Lodge and Mfon Obong Lodge -located at Ikot Akpadem in Mkpat-Enin Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state. “19 undergraduates of Akwa Ibom State University, Mkpat-Enin, were on Friday, April 28, 2023, arrested by operatives of the Uyo Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for suspected internet-related offences.
“Their arrest followed several months of surveillance on their suspected involvement in romance scam, fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions and impersonation. They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” the commission said.
Items recovered from them include several laptops and mobile phones.