A total of forty-six laptops, mobile phones and several electronic gadgets was retrieved from 50 Nigerians, who were arrested in Kasoa, Ghana for internet fraud and armed robbery attacks.
They are aged between 20 and 37, and claimed they were students or businessmen but had no proof.
Personnel of the Police Intelligence Directorate who launched the raid, disclosed that it was conducted based on intelligence received from residents, who complained about the rise in criminal activities in the area.
The Director-General in-charge of the Police Intelligence Directorate, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno, who spoke to newsmen said the suspects, comprising 49 men and a female, reportedly rented several apartments in the area to plan their nefarious activities. According to him, the police personnel from the unit carried out the operation in the said areas at Gomoa Budumburam around 9.00am and about 20 suspects were rounded up in the first apartment, which is a two-bedroom facility.
“During the arrest, most of the suspects were busy on their laptops while the others were sleeping” he said.
COP Tetteh Yohuno who disclosed that 21 out of the 46 suspected Nigerians rounded up in a similar exercise two weeks ago at Amanfrom, are to be repatriated by the Ghana Immigration Service for illegal immigration, added that the exhibits gotten from the new raid would be forwarded to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Police CID for further investigations.
“We are currently screening them for varying criminal offences, including cyber related crimes and robberies after which they would be handed over to the Ghana Immigration Service for residence status investigations,” the Director-General of the Unit revealed.
Mr Yohuno advised foreigners in Ghana whose permits had expired to regularise their stay with the GIS and also ensure that they engaged in meaningful jobs, “otherwise they may be suspected of being involved in criminal activities”