The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service has arrested 49 Nigerian nationals in Accra suspected to be involved in human trafficking and cyber-crime related activities.
In all, 70 laptop computers, two saloon cars, 51 mobile phones, nine internet modems and other gadgets were recovered from their hideout during the operation.
A statement issued by EOCO on Wednesday (24 May), said after screening the suspects it came to light that 45 of the individuals were victims of human trafficking whilst four were the traffickers.
The rescued victims have been repatriated to Nigeria to reunite with their families while the four alleged traffickers – Godstine Omoruyi, Junior Nosa Omoruyi, Marvelous Omoruyi and Evbuomwan Idowu – 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 Ghana.
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 while in Ghana. The traffickers also resorted to various forms of physical torture and abuse to coerce their victims into subjection.