34 suspected internet fraudsters have been arrested in Oyo and Lagos State.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday, April 1, that the suspects were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan and Lagos.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said,”24 of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, were rounded up today April 1, 2021, at their hideout in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission,”
The suspects were identified as Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse, Owolabi Yakubu Joseph, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adekunle Ibrahim Babatunde, Adeyiga Ayobami Emmanuel, Olubanji Remilekun Michael,Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Ibrahim Damola Iremide, Okunlaja Joshua Opeyemi, Aiyelokun Bolaji Emmanuel, Akintokun Olalekan Ibukunmi, Kehinde Victor Boluwatife, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, Shobowale Samuel Durodola, Owolabi Quadri Damilola and Monday Blessing Patrick and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan.
According to the anti-graft agency, the early morning raid provoked by the receival of actionable intelligence on the alleged involvement in internet-related crimes by the suspects.
The arrest led to theDiscovery and recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards, and several incriminating documents.
The remaining 10 suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office on March 30 at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following credible information on their alleged fraudulent criminal activities.
The suspects are said to be involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate email accounts and intercept email messages.
The 10 suspects were identified as, Ibiayinabobo Daso, Great Shayo Akintimehin, Daniel Udegbe, Taiwo Akintimehin, Abiola Opeyemi, Dikoyejo Damilola Emmanuel, Toheeb Alhassan. Michael Ofoedu Obinna, Sanni Azeez, and Ridwan Adeyinka Songonuga.
The Items that were recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers
The EFCC spokesman made it clear that the suspects “would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.”