Operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 30 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ boys, in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The arrest of the suspects who were mostly students picked from different locations within Ilorin followed “actionable intelligence received on their criminal activities”, the commission said.
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Items recovered from them include 10 exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, charms and several “incriminating documents”.
The EFCC said they would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.
Those arrested are Adigun Oladapo, Olamilekan Ogunsola, Fuad Abidemi, Haastrup Samuel, Olamide Adeyemi, Akinola Abideen, Ebenezer Haastrup, Kehinde Adeyemi, Quadri Kareem, Abubakar Abdulbashit, Damilola Akinola, Ola-Oluwa Samuel, David Oyewole, Mojereola Toheeb, Isaac Chikezie, Joshua Chiekezie, Abdulsalam Opeyemi and Abawonjo Abdulazeez.
Others are Ganiyu Olanrewaju, Adeleke Ibrahim, Taiwo Ganiyu, Oke Gideon, Olakunle Adebisi, Ajani Samuel, Joshua Ogizien, Sodiq Olasupo, Olamilekan Mubarak, Adeniyi Olashile, Rotimi Adeyemi and Rasaq Olanrewaju.
The commission lamented the prevalence of varsity students in internet fraud and cybercrimes during an anti-corruption sensitisation lecture for students of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin.
The Zonal Head of the Ilorin Office of the EFCC, Usman Muktar, who spoke through the Head, Public Affairs Department of the Zone, Babatunde Ayodele, urged students to imbibe the culture of excellence as future leaders of the country and to shun all forms of criminality.