EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu
The Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 19 suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan.
They were arrested at Ologuneru and Akobo Area of the metropolitan city of Ibadan.
Those nabbed are, Bamidele Ayodele Samson, Bamidele Philip, Tunji Oladapo Sowale, Bololaji Olalekan and Abdulrauf Abiodun.
The rest are Olaleye Pelumi, Anuokuwapo Olanrewaju, Paul Damilola, Olateye David Tobi, Arewa Adekunle Ibrahim, Oyesanmi Ayomikun Oluwaseun, Olaleye Israel, Adediran Kemisola, Omobolade Alarape and Olowolusi Oluwatomisin.
EFCC acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade said in a statement that four other suspects Babatunde Afeez, Akorede Ahmed Olalekan, Adeleye Damilola and Moshod Richard were arrested in the early hours of Friday, at their hideout in Akobo, Ibadan.
He said in a sting operation led by the zonal head, Ibadan, Friday Ebelo, the suspects who are between the ages of 21 and 35 years were taken by surprise when operatives swept on them at one of their notorious havens in the city. Five of them allegedly claimed to be undergraduates while the other 10 claimed to be self-employed in varied vocations.
They are already helping operatives with useful information.
At the point of arrest, EFCC operatives recovered four different models and brands of exotic cars, five laptops, 20 telephones (10 iPhones) and one small bag containing items suspected to be fetish objects (juju) from them.
Several documents including international passports and ATM cards were recovered from them.
In a related development, operatives also arrested four other suspects on February 1, 2019 at their hideout at Akobo, Ibadan. The suspected cyber criminals are between 21 and 30 years.
Their arrest followed series of intelligence alleging that the suspected fraudsters engaged in sham activities of obtaining money by false pretences from unsuspecting victims.
At the point of their arrest, EFCC operatives recovered SIM cards, one exotic car, laptops, telephones, female underwear’s and four bags of fetish objects (juju) from them. Several documents containing false pretences were also recovered from the suspects.