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13 Arrested On Suspicion Of ‘Online Scamming and Fraudulent Activities’

Cell Phones seized from the suspects by DLEAG in Old Yundum, West Coast Region on 28th March 2022.  (Photo: DLEAG)

The Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG) has announced the arrest of 13 foreign nationals suspected of being involved in ‘online scamming and fraudulent activities’ in the West Coast Region. 

The statement by the agency sent to this medium this evening stated that the suspects include 12 Nigerians and a Sierra Leonean.

“DLEAG operatives stationed in the West Coast Region took into custody twelve (12) Nigerians and a Sierra Leone, including two (2) females suspected to be engaged in online scamming and fraudulent activities.

“Operatives received tip off information about the conduct and activities of some people suspected to be engaged in criminal activities in Old Yundum, West Coast Region. A team was tasked to survey the said place and on the 28th March 2022 around 15:00 hours GMT onwards, a team was dispatched to raid the identified place which is an apartment at the first floor of a storey building in Old Yundum. 

“Upon arrival at the said apartment, operatives positioned themselves, knocked on the door of the apartment and identified themselves as Narcotics Officers who wanted to conduct a search. 

“The occupants refused to open the door and the operatives had to forcefully break the door and enter the apartment. 

“Some of the occupants took to their heels and others tried to escape by jumping from the back door of the storey building. This action resulted in five (5) of them sustaining injury. 

“All thirteen (13) of them were arrested and escorted back to the apartment where a search was conducted in their presence. 

“Operatives recovered eighteen (18) laptops that were connected for use in the sitting room, (19) mobile phones, one (1) router, as well as twelve passports bearing the names (of) Ezechukwu Harrison, Atake Rita Ebaeta, Victor Chiemere, Daniel Chibuke Wildom, Chukwu Chibunna Wisdom, Madu Chidiebere Temple, Madu Chidera Stanley, Godson Ifeanyi, Okafor Alwell Chidera, Ibeagi Ebube and Madu Victor Chiagbanwe (who are) all Nigerian nationals. 

“There was also one Sierra Leonean passport without a photo bearing the name Henry A. Conteh. No prohibited or controlled drugs were found in the scene. 

“Five of the suspects who sustained injuries while trying to escape by jumping from the backdoor of the storey building were rushed to Banjulinding Clinic for medical attention.

“The suspects alongside the recovered items will be handed over to the appropriate competent national authorities (Police and Immigration) for further processing and necessary actions. 

“It is important to disclose that this is the second time the agency has come across people suspected to be engaged in similar suspected nefarious online activities while hunting for prohibited and controlled drugs. On the 2nd February 2022, operatives registered a similar case that was handed over to the Police for further processing and appropriate legal actions. 

“One of the suspects in that particular case was apprehended with some quantities of suspected prohibited drugs.

“We therefore use this opportunity to again remind the public to be vigilant and report suspicious criminal activities to law enforcement officers. The safety and security of our families and communities should be our collective responsibility,” the DLEAG statement reads.

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