EOCO Arrests Human Trafficking Syndicate in Accra; 70 Laptops, 51 Mobile Phones and Other Gadgets Recovered

The Economic and Organised Crime Office (BOCO) in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service have arrested forty-nine (49) Nigerian nationals in Accra on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2023.

The suspects were made up of forty-seven (47) males and two (2) females with their ages ranging from 18 - 34 years.

The said individuals were suspected to have been involved in human trafficking and cyber-crime related activities. In all, seventy (70) laptop computers, two (2) saloon cars, fifty-one (51) mobile phones, nine (9) internet modems and other gadgets were recovered from their hideout during the operation.

Following the arrest and subsequent screening of the suspects, it came to light that forty-five (45) of the individuals were victims of human trafficking whilst four (4) were the traffickers. The rescued victims have been repatriated to Nigeria to reunite with their families while the four (4) traflickers namely: Godstine Omoruyi, Junior Nosa Omoruyi, Marvelous Omorayi and Evbuomwan Idow have been arraigned before the court.

Their arrest followed intelligence obtained by the Office to the effect that some young Nigerians had been trafficked into the country. The said victims were lured into the country with the promise of securing them jobs but were subsequently forced to engage in cyber-crime activities upon their arrival in the country. The traffickers also resorted to various forms of physical torture and abuse to coerce their victims into subjection.