The Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) with help from the Ghana Police Service have arrested some forty-nine (49) Nigerian nationals believed to be involved in human trafficking and cybercrime activities.
The operation was conducted based on intelligence obtained by EOCO, which indicated the presence of young Nigerians who had been trafficked into Ghana.
In a statement, EOCO said the suspects, consisting of forty-seven males and two females, aged between 18 and 34, were taken into custody in Accra.
The arrested individuals are believed to be involved in human trafficking and cybercrime-related activities.
During the operation, authorities discovered and seized seventy (70) laptop computers, two saloon cars, fifty-one (51) mobile phones, nine (9) internet modems, and other devices from the syndicate’s hideout.
The statement further added that, upon further investigation and screening of the suspects, it was revealed that forty-five (45) of them were victims of human trafficking, while the remaining four were identified as traffickers.
These victims were enticed with promises of job opportunities but were forced to engage in cybercrime activities upon their arrival.
The rescued victims have however been repatriated to Nigeria, where they will be reunited with their families.
The four alleged traffickers, namely Godstine Omoruyi, Junior Nosa Omoruyi, Marvelous Omoruyi, and Evbuomwan Idowu, have been arraigned before the court to face legal proceedings.