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24 varsity students, 12 others held for cyber fraud

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24 varsity students, 12 others held for cyber fraud
  • EFCC recovers exotic cars, 300 sim cards, 18 laptops

Nine ladies, undergraduates and others were among 36 suspected cyber fraudsters recently arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibadan Office. The EFCC acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the suspects were arrested at 21, Sawmill Road, Awa-Ijebu, Ogun State. The suspects, whose ages range between 19 and 37, include 23 students of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, out of which nine were ladies. These ladies claimed to be girlfriends and neighbours of some of the suspects.

There is another suspect from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and 12 others, who are not students. Orilade said: “The commission got wind of their activities through a series of intelligence gathering, that the suspected fraudsters engaged in fraudulent activities of obtaining money by false pretences through sending emails to unsuspecting victims mostly in the United States while others were engaged in romance scam on several dating sites.”

He said that at the point of arrest, EFCC operatives recovered over 300 SIM cards from them. Other items recovered from the suspects include different models and brands of exotic cars, 18 laptops, nine being of Apple brand, 50 telephones (21 I-Phones) and two bags of fe-tish objects (juju) from them. Several documents containing false pretences were also recovered from the suspects. “Suspects would be charged to court accordingly as soon as investigation is concluded,” Orilade added.

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