EFCC arrests 24 undergraduates, 12 others for alleged cybercrimes


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 24 undergraduate students for alleged cybercrimes. They are among the thirty-six suspected internet fraudsters nabbed by the Ibadan office of the anti-graft agency at 21, Sawmill Road Awa-Ijebu, Ogun State.

The suspects who are between 19 and 37 years of age, include twenty-three students of Olabisi Onabanjo University,  out of whom nine were ladies who allegedly claimed to be girlfriends and or neighbours of some of the suspects; one from the National Open University of Nigeria and twelve others are non-students.

Confirming the arrest, EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said the Commission got wind of the suspects activities through series of intelligence gathering alleging 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 of America while others were engaged in romance scam on several dating sites.

At the point of arrest, Orilade said, EFCC operatives recovered over three hundred 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 iphones) and two bags of fetish objects (voodoo).

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Several document containing false pretences were also recovered from the suspects.

Orilade added that the suspects would be charged to court accordingly as soon as investigation is concluded.



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