Officials of Nigeria’s anti-graft agencies have rounded up some people for allegedly engaging in some criminal acts on the internet.
According to PR Nigeria, the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office have arrested 15 suspected internet fraudsters at Ologuneru Area of the metropolitan city of Ibadan, Oyo State.
They are, Bamidele Ayodele Samson, Bamidele Philip, Tunji Oladapo Sowale, Bololaji Olalekan and Abdulrauf Abiodun. Others 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.
In a sting operation led by the zonal head, Friday Ebelo, a Deputy Chief Detective Superintendent, 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.
The Commission got wind of their activities following series of intelligence report, alleging that they engaged in various fraudulent activities ranging from obtaining money by false pretences through sending of scam 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, 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 also recovered from them.
They will be charged to court after thorough investigation.
In another case, the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, called on financial institutions to avoid laundering illicit funds for corrupt politicians and criminals.
In a statement, the Commission’s Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Mr Tony Orilade in Abuja on Thursday, said Magu gave the charge during the general meeting of the Association of Chief Compliance Officers of Banks In Nigeria (ACCOBIN) held in Lagos. Magu said many politicians, who stole the commonwealth had begun to repatriate their loot to the country for the purpose of influencing the elections through vote buying and compromising of election officers.
The EFCC boss urged members of the group to join hands with the Commission to ensure that the coming elections were not compromised.
Magu said, “we are all under a civic duty to comply with our various responsibilities and ensure that we do the needful to obey the laws and regulations governing the elections.”
He said political inducement had taken other forms under different names such as “stomach Infrastructure”, “empowerment schemes”, “non-interest yielding loans” and “outright cash hand-outs”.
Magu described members of the group as stakeholders in the fight against corruption and said, “your obligations are not different from your usual filing of suspicious transactions reports to the relevant authorities.”
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