EFCC Bust “Yahoo Academy” In Uyo, Arrest 24 Suspected Student Undergoing Training

EFCC Bust “Yahoo Academy” In Uyo, Arrest 24 Suspected Student Undergoing Training

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)says it arrested 24 suspected internet fraudsters undergoing training in a hidden academy in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State.

EFCC in a statement said the raid was conducted on Monday, January 22, 2024, at a targeted Storey building in the D-Line Ewet Housing Estate believed to be a hideout for training aspiring “Yahoo boys,” a Nigerian term for internet fraudsters, according to

EFCC stated its officials stormed the building and apprehended all 24 suspects, who were found occupying the upper floor, which had been converted into a makeshift classroom.

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“The all-male suspects were arrested in two locations in an intelligence-driven sting operation at D-Line Ewet Housing Estate and Nelson Mandela area both in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State,” EFCC stated.

“The building is allegedly being used solely for the training of youths in various aspects of cyber criminality.”

The room, according to the anti-graft agency, was equipped with chairs, tables, laptops, and notepads on each table, resembling a traditional educational setting repurposed for illegal activities.

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It added that five exotic cars, 18 laptops, 17 mobile phones, and one internet router were found on the premises and with the suspects.

“The suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded,” EFCC assured.

This is not the first time EFCC has taken action against cybercrime training centres in Akwa Ibom State. In November 2019, the commission raided a similar “Yahoo Academy” in Eket Local Government Area, arresting 23 trainers and trainees.

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The development has continued to raise concerns about the country’s emerging cybercrime ecosystem, particularly the deliberate targeting and training of young people.

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