The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has named nine areas in Lagos State as hotbeds for internet fraudsters.
Data from an investigation by the EFCC revealed seven areas on the island and two on the mainland.
The areas listed are – Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo, Oniru, Ikoyi, Eko Atlantic, Ikorodu and Alagbado.
The data which was uploaded on the anti-graft agency’s official Facebook page also showed that no fewer than 159 suspects were arrested in the areas in three months, from which 13 convictions were made.
“Between April and June 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests.
“While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.
“Of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.
“Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had two and one suspects each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.”
EFCC categorised the majority of those affected as millennials, students and dropouts.
“The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between 25-34 years, which speaks to the fact that most of the individuals arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university dropouts,”