The Cross River State Police Command has detained three ‘yahoo boys’ (Internet fraudsters), Chukwuemeka Ahunanya, 22; Francis Ugochukwu, 25; and Emmanuel Chukwuma, 25 who had charms in their possession that they used in duping and dispossessing their money and other valuables from their victims.
The suspects who were paraded before newsmen and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, confessed to belonging to a group that was using charms to hypnotize potential victims.
Mr. Hafiz Inuwa who told newsmen that the command also on March 8, 2018 detained another set of ‘yahoo boys’ (Internet fraudsters), said items that were recovered from the suspects were a pair of scissors, bottles of CSP Codeine, some mobile phones, ATM cards, play station and ML 350 Mercedes Benz SUV.
“We got a tip-off that five young men who specialize in Internet fraud were sighted along Itu Street, off Mary Slessor Avenue, in Calabar, ostensibly to commit a crime.
The following five suspects were arrested by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad: Emmanuel Anthony, 33; Victor Eyo, 23; Joshua Archibong, 22; Michael Oyo, 23; and Edet Emmanuel, 20,” he said.
Punch reported that one of the suspects who specialized in using charms, Ahunanya, a graduate of the Maritime Academy in Akwa Ibom State, said;
“We just introduced the use of charms into our business. Though we have not perfected it, we think it will work. We have seen others using it. We started it like two weeks ago. We get information that it works for others using it.”
Another suspect, Chukwuma, said, “We only started using the charms like two weeks ago and we have not seen its potency. We cannot tell if it will work because it has not worked for us. I am new in the Yahoo business.”
The Police Commissioner further revealed that investigation was still going on to identify their victims, adding that the suspects would soon be charged to court.