EFCC launches ‘Operation Wire Wire’ manhunt for internet fraudsters alongside FBI

EFCC launches ‘Operation Wire Wire’ manhunt for internet fraudsters alongside FBI

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has begun a joint operation with the United State Federal Bureau of Investigation to clamp down o

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has begun a joint operation with the United State Federal Bureau of Investigation to clamp down on internet fraudsters. A total of 16 cybercrime suspects have been arrested in Abuja since the joint operation codenamed ‘Operation Wire Wire’ was launched.

Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has vowed to identify and bring the suspects to justice, adding that following the onslaught and intensified raids on their hideouts by the EFCC, the internet fraudsters had relocated to Ghana.

Magu said, “It is very sad. It’s like the era of these 419ners and Yahoo Boys is coming back. I remember we worked with the FBI in Lagos and others. We carried out Operation Wire Wire. We are re-energising; we will go out and storm all their hideouts. Most of them have relocated to Ghana because the heat is on them.”

He pledged the readiness of the commission to sustain the ongoing collaboration with relevant agencies, with a view to curbing the menace of cybercrimes.