The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 25 students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). The students were arrested for their involvement in various forms of cybercrime including romance scam and love scam. Further, the students stand accused of illegal possession of forged documents, and obtaining money by false pretense.
Operatives of the Advance Fee Fraud Unit of the EFCC, Abuja Headquarters, made the arrests in Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
The students, who are aged between 18 and 29 years old, were arrested at their off-campus hostels. The EFCC secured their arrests following a three-day raid carried out between September 16 and 19, 2019.
Operatives acted on intelligence report, which was investigated using sophisticated equipment. The raid also followed months of surveillance and monitoring of their activities.
The suspects include: Pelumi Adigun, 18; Umaru Frederick, 21; Damilola Emmanuel, 22; Tomiwa Oyewole, 29 and Adeleke Owolabi, 24. Others include Oladosu Abdullahi, 23; Abdulmusaq Ismail, 25; Isajimi Joshua, 23; Olaniyan Tunde, 22, and Ebosele Francis, 28.
Further, the EFCC arrested Oladejo Ibrahim, 26; Oluwadamilare Abimbola, 25; Orimoloye Joshua, 23; Alfred Samuel, 22 and Bayewu Ishola, 23. Also in the EFCC net are Abiola Gbenga, 25; Alfred Daniel, 20; Agboola Solomon, 21 and Arolewola Damilola, 25.
Suspects in EFCC net, to be arraigned in court
The list also includes Amoo Tunmise, 23; Akeem Taiwo, 25; Segun Ajibola, 25; Hassan Segun, 24; Onicha Joel, 23, and Tafa Bassit, 25.
In the course of executing the search, one of the suspects, Ismail, took operatives round hostels. This led to the arrest of many of the culprits. Some of the suspects who jumped over the fence to escape arrest, were nabbed in the process. Equally important, Ismail confessed to being involved in internet fraud.
Some of the items recovered from them include a 4matic Benz, a Toyota Camry and a Toyota Corolla. Also recovered are two Macbook computers, two iPads, two iPhones and many other documents. Similarly, the items will be subjected to forensic analysis.
Likewise, the recovered items are believed to be the proceeds of their illegal activities online.
Meanwhile, the suspected internet fraudsters, who are currently in the custody of the EFCC will be soon be arraigned in court.