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EFCC detains 52 young entrepreneurs in Lagos, Ondo

By Barakat Odegbola

No fewer than 52 entrepreneurs have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) both in Lagos and Ondo State for their alleged involvement in various computer-related frauds, said to have a negative impact on Nigeria’s image.

As gathered, 18 suspects were said to have been arrested by the EFCC personnel Lagos Zonal Office on April 19 and April 20, 2021, while 34 suspects were also apprehended by the personnel of the anti-graft agency attached to the commission’s Benni Zonal Office on Wednesday.

The 18 suspects apprehended in Lagos include Ayomide  Balogun, Harrison Etshede, Rahim Ajiboye, Nwafor Ebuka, Christian Onyenachi, Egbe Olemuno, Okoye Charles, Moses Benjamin, Abubakar Mukthar, Ayodele Khalid, John Oyindamola, Oshilaja Samson, Olayinka Juwon, Keshinro Oluwafemi, Sulaimon L Titilope, Samuel Odei Olamilekan, Shen Olusayo, and Michael Ike.

The 34 suspects arrested in Ondo include Adesuyan Ayoola, Oyesanmi Shola, Adegbole Victor, Osagie Ekiende, Akinayomide James, Okunade Jamilu, Omotoso Oluwaseyi, David Oluwatobi, Ahmed Rilwan, Saheed Odunayo, Olorunfemi Emmanuel, Obakpolor Tommy, Emmanuel Ibe, Temiloluwa Joshua, Victor Benjamin, Akinwale Oluwaseun, Ogunboye Dotun, Adeniyi Femi, Obademi Samson, Oladunjoye Teniola, Eze Raphael, Samson Fadugbagbe, Oguntimehin Bamidele, Moshood Kazeem, Oniye Damilare, Balogun Mayowa, Obadapo Wale, Ese Stephen, Atakili Pelumi, Adesumo Olalekan, Demi Temidayo, Oshorun Joseph, and Oluwafemi Michael.

Confirming the arrest, EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwajaren, in a statement disclosed on Wednesday said that the 18 suspects from Lagos were arrested during sting operations on both Second Gate Estate, Oke-Iranla, Ajah, Lekki, and Victoria Garden City, VGC, Lagos. He added that the 53 suspects from Ondo were arrested in Owo capital of the State.

The spokesman stated that their arrest followed series of intelligence on alleged Internet-related crimes of the syndicate.

Uwajaren listed the item recovered from the cybercrime suspects in Lagos to include cars, mobile phones, and laptop computers, while suspects from Ondo, Items recovered from the suspects include nine exotic cars, laptops computers, mobile phones, documents, and identity cards.

The spokesman added that the suspects have made useful statements and would be charged to court as soon as the ongoing investigation was concluded.

 

 

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