Police have arrested 12 Nigerians and a Sierra Leonean national for alleged online scams.

The suspected scammers including two women were arrested on Monday (28 March) following a tip-off to the Drug Law Enforcement Agency Gambia (DLEAG). 

In a statement DLEAG said it officers received information about the conduct and activities of the suspects in Old Yundum, West Coast Region. 

A team of officers raided the first floor apartment in Old Yundum to conduct 

a search.

“The occupants refused to open the door and the operatives had to forcefully break the door and enter the apartment.  

“Some of the occupants took to their heels and others tried to escape by jumping from the back door of the storey building. 

“This action resulted in five of them sustaining injury. All 13 of them were arrested and escorted back to the apartment where a search was conducted in their presence,” DLEAG said.

It said officers recovered 18 laptops that were connected for use in the sitting room, 19 mobile phones, one router as well as 12 Nigerian passports

“There was also one Sierra Leonean passport without a photo bearing the name Henry A. Conteh. No prohibited or controlled drugs were found in the scene. 

“Five of the suspects who sustained injuries while trying to escape by jumping from the backdoor of the storey building were rushed to Banjulinding Clinic for medical attention. 

“The suspects alongside the recovered items will be handed over to the appropriate competent national authorities (Police and Immigration) for further processing and necessary actions,” the statement added.

Reporting by Adama Makasuba

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