Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday September 2, 2019, arrested six
suspected internet fraudsters, who specialize in hacking into Facebook
accounts and defrauding innocent persons on the contact list of such
The suspects were arrested in a two bedroom apartment, located on 54
Church Road, off Calabar Itu Express Way, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State,
following an intelligence report on their nefarious activities in the
The suspects, who are all males, within the ages of 22 and 29 are;
Lawrence Nnamdi-Mba Ebesike, Prince E. Udeh, Chijioke Victor, Promise
Odimba, Ugbor Ifeanyi and Prince Anthony.
During interrogation, the suspects said the apartment they occupied
was rented by the kingpin, Ebesike, for the purpose of training facebook
hackers. The suspects also admitted to have made over $4,000 (Four
thousand United States Dollars) through cyber fraud.
While interrogating Ebesike who claimed to be a musician with the
stage name ‘Lawre Blue’, he confessed to the crime and gave a detailed
account of how they carried out their operations on Facebook.
“I am into internet fraud. Part of how I operate is, I edit Facebook
accounts, go to google and search for pictures of United State military
personnel. I download some of these pictures and put them on the newly
created facebook accounts.
After doing that, I target foreigners, mostly old white women who are
in need of men. I stay online all day trying to befriend them. After
convincing them, I will make them apply for my leave so that I can see
them”, Ebesike confessed.
According to Ebesike, they have a pick up person in the US by name
Benjamin Best, whom he said provides them with the pick up account where
their victims make payments into.
“After convincing my victims, Benjamin will provide an account for me
to give them to pay the money into. He usually takes his commission
before sending mine to me via my First bank account” he said.
Another suspect, Ifeanyi who is an undergraduate of Abia State
University, said he was introduced to Ebesike by one of the suspects,
Udeh. Ifeanyi also narrated his own procedure which was quite similar to
that of the kingpin. “After hacking a facebook account, I edit it to a
white military man’s account and start adding many white women and
gradually make them fall in love with me.After two weeks, I tell them to
apply for a vacation for me so I can leave the camp and visit them. I
also make them send me money. I have hacked one Abdullahi Harifat’s
account and impersonated one Tochi Jesus” he said.
Prince E. Udeh, Chijioke Victor, Promise Odimba and Prince Anthony
equally gave similar stories and how they were also trained by Ebesike
to hack facebook accounts. At the time of their arrest, one of the
suspects, Ugbor Ifeanyi, was caught hiding in a wardrobe with his
laptop, while Anthony was equally caught trying to hide his laptop in
the water cistern of their toilet.
Items recovered from them are; 6 laptops, 12 sophisticated mobile
phones, 1 International Passport, 4 Airtel Sim Packs, 3 MTN Sim Packs, 2
Glo Sim Packs, a Smile Router and 2 browsing modems. They will be
charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.