Not less than 49 suspected internet fraudsters of Nigerian nationals were arrested in a house during a midnight raid in Senegal.
The Dakar gendarmerie on Monday said the suspected cyber-criminals were arrested last Saturday, November 2, 2019.
According to local reports, the suspects were allegedly planning a “massive” cyber attack based on the first elements of the investigation.
The piracy was to target the operator, Orange Senegal, who had filed a complaint for “attempted intrusion into a computer system“.
It was the investigators from the gendarmerie’s research section who made the huge sweep.
On Saturday afternoon, the gendarmes surprised the 49 cybercriminals alleged to be at home at the time: two separate buildings in the neighborhood of Ouakam.
Inside the apartments, fake passports, several mobile phones and especially computers, about sixty of them, were seized by the police. “It’s a very organized team that has been stopped” said a source close to the case.
The investigation continues, as all suspects who had all been identified as Nigerian nationals, remain in custody.
Watch the video of their arrest below: