Crime Updated: May 21, 2024

Police operatives bust internet fraud academy in Benue

By Maureen Okpe
May 21, 2024

Men of the Nigerian Police, Benue State Command on Tuesday busted a gang of internet fraudsters operating Fraud Academy in Makurdi arresting eight members after a shootout.

The command also paraded other 27 suspects for various offences which range from robbery and kidnapping to cultism and rape among others.

Parading the suspects before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Makurdi, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hassan Steve Yabanet, said an intelligence report was received about a fraud academy and operations of Internet fraudster in Makurdi, at Jerome Hwande Street Akpa-Quarters, Makurdi, police detectives were detailed to investigate the case.

He added that on 14/5/2024 at about 0600hrs  police stormed the house and arrested one Terpase Luke Denmodi ‘m’ 23yrs and Avalumun Ayangekaa Dominic ‘m’ 24yrs,  recovered seven (7) HP laptops, one (1) Apple note, one (1) Cannon printer, fifteen (15) notes of Ghana cedis, two international passports, assorted cloths among other items from them. 

CP Yabanet said the suspects confessed to the crime, admitting that “most of their victims are foreigners and they have students who are usually trained in the fraud business at the house and they share proceeds of fraud with them as they go out to practice."


He stated that on 14/05/2024 at about 1900hrs, information was gathered about fraudsters lodging in a hotel along Kashim Ibrahim road, Makurdi, the team of Policemen from Cybercrime Section swung into action and raided the hotel where Eight (8) suspects were arrested in a room.

The commissioner who gave the names of those arrested includes; one Usman Aliu ‘m’ 30yrs, Orga Israel ‘m’ 24yrs, David Tersoo ‘m’ 24yrs, Aondofa Michael ‘m’ 23yrs, Tega Wisdom ‘m’ 25yrs, Alexander Torgbenda ‘m’ 21yrs, Emmanuel Idyede ‘m’ 23yrs and Elvis Francis ‘m’ 26yrs, said investigation revealed that the suspects were internet fraudsters who have many social medial handles on their phone that they use to defraud people of their monies.

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