Lekki, a fast-developing upper-middle-class area of Lagos Metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related fraud, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Friday.
Data from the investigation activities of the Lagos Command of the anti-graft agency for the second quarter of 2021 indicates that the area is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.
“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,” EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said.
“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.”
A breakdown of the figure showed that Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively.