On Monday, August 30, agents of the Joint Task Force in Okehi Local Government of Kogi State apprehended suspected members of a cybercrime gang who were accommodated at Ihima Guest House along cemetery road in Oboroke-Ihima.
The team, led by Hon. Abdulraheem Ohiare, Chairman of Okehi LG, acted on an intelligent security report.
According to reports, the tactical operation, which lasted several hours, resulted in the arrest of seven men and two women, as well as the confiscation of electronic devices such as cellphones and other accessories.
Four of the suspects are from Ondo state, two from Ihima and one from Okene, with the two ladies hailing from Adavi Local Government.
Information released indicated that the suspect confessed to their involvement in defrauding people stating that they’ve been operating in Ondo State but recently relocated to Ihima in Kogi State to carry on with their nefarious deals while the two females revealed their involvements in pornography videos including drugs and alcohol.
The Local Government Chairman noted that those apprehended were currently in the custody of the security agents helping with information that would lead to the arrest of others even as the Local Government Legal Team would approach a competent Court of Law before the official sealing of the so called Ihima Guest House.
The Council Chairman applauded the security agents for the success of the operation and more importantly Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for making Security of lives and property of the citizens his administration’s Priority
In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Muhammed Onogwu expressed the opinion that the Local Government were the framework upon which the government structure was laid hence if issues of security were resolved effectively at that level, it would reflect positively on the state.
He noted that all sought of crimes were not permitted within the shores of the state and cybercrime was largely frowned against.