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How the FBI and EFCC Arrested 167 Nigerian Yahoo Boys

How the FBI and EFCC Arrested 167 Nigerian Yahoo Boys

  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has announced the arrest of 167 cybercriminals in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • The two anti-corruption agencies recovered the sum of $169,850 and N92 million from the arrested suspects in an operation tagged “Operation Rewired”
  • EFCC Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa also announced the recovery of four luxury cars and plots of lands in Lagos and Abuja from the alleged yahoo boys

The FBI has stepped up its efforts in the battle against cybercriminals from Nigeria in recent weeks.

FBI

A recent report shows that 167 Nigerian criminals have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The criminals were arrested over three weeks for their involvement in cybercrimes.

The collaboration tagged “Operation Rewired” was announced by the Director of Operations EFCC, Mohammed Abba who was representing the chairman of the commission, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa.

According to Mr Abba, the sum of $169,850 and N92 million was recovered from the Yahoo boys.

The anti-graft agency was also able to recover four luxury vehicles and plots of land and houses across Lagos and Abuja.

Yahoo boys

Mr Abba revealed that Operation Rewired was created to help the EFCC intercept traffic of internet fraudsters globally.

“Being an international model operation targeted at computer-related frauds, the EFCC, FBI collaborative operations, spanning three weeks, was designed to intercept and interrupt the global network of internet fraudsters.”

Mr Abba also revealed that the arrested yahoo boys will be persecuted in line with the law of the country.

Read also: 5 Secrets to Help You Identify Yahoo Boys

He urged youths to desist from all forms of crime and advised them that there is no shortcut to success.

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