The arrest of popular TikTok artist ShalliPopi, also known as Crown Uzama, and 31 others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has brought attention to alleged internet fraud. The EFCC made the arrests during ShalliPopi's concert in Barnawa, Kaduna State, along with his manager Ajayi Hafeez, also known as 21 Badda, and 29 additional suspects. Wilson Uwujaren, the spokesperson for the EFCC, released a statement on May 30th, revealing that the arrests were made based on credible intelligence regarding a planned show involving suspected internet fraudsters in Barnawa, Kaduna.


The suspects were apprehended in well-coordinated operations at various locations, including Disney Park Lounge, Epitome, and Tomoso Hotels, all in the Barnawa area of Kaduna. The EFCC's efforts resulted in the recovery of several items, comprising phones, laptops, and two cars.


The arrests highlight the ongoing battle against internet-related fraud, a prevalent issue in many parts of the world. The EFCC's commitment to combating cybercrime is evident in its proactive measures and successful operations. The case involving ShalliPopi and the other suspects serves as a reminder of the importance of enforcing laws and regulations to safeguard individuals and businesses from fraudulent activities conducted online.


As the investigation progresses, it is expected that further details will emerge, shedding light on the extent of the alleged internet fraud network and the individuals involved. The EFCC's actions demonstrate their determination to protect the public and maintain the integrity of online platforms by apprehending those engaged in illegal activities.


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