Ghana’s Economic and Organised Crime Office nabbed suspected Nigerian human traffickers.
The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, arrested 49 Nigerian nationals in Accra suspected of being involved in human trafficking and cybercrime-related activities.
The ages of the suspects range from 18 to 34 years, made up of 47 males and two females.
They were picked up after the security agencies picked up intelligence on their operations.
NewsReport Nigeria gathered that a statement issued by the EOCO on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, said, “The said individuals were suspected to have been involved in human trafficking and cybercrime-related activities.
About 70 laptop computers, two saloon cars, 51 mobile phones, nine internet modems, and other gadgets were recovered from their hideouts during the operation.
The rescued victims have been repatriated to Nigeria to reunite with their families, while the four alleged traffickers—Godstine Omoruyi, Junior Nosa Omoruyi, Marvellous Omoruyi, and Evbuomwan Idowu—have been arraigned before the court.
Their arrest followed intelligence obtained by the officers to the effect that some young Nigerians had been trafficked into Ghana.
The said victims were lured into the country with the promise of securing jobs but were subsequently forced to engage in cybercrime activities while in Ghana.
The traffickers also resorted to various forms of physical torture and abuse to coerce their victims into submission.