“They were apprehended on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, in the Oduduwa Estate area of Ile-Ife, Osun State, based on actionable intelligence regarding their suspected involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities. Oduduwa Estate was connected to the activities of suspected internet fraudsters through credible intelligence,” the anti-graft agency stated.
NewsNow previously reported that the commission arrested at least 70 Obafemi Awolowo University students. Officials from the EFCC allegedly detained them in a midnight raid on hostels outside the campus.
Various sources in Ile-Ife confirmed to our correspondent on Wednesday morning that around 2 a.m., the officials stormed the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, broke into rooms, and arrested the students.
As of press time, the reasons for the arrest have not been confirmed. However, the Students’ Union President, Abass Ojo, stated that the union had information on “72 students picked up from the hostel with phones and cars taken away.”
A former union official, Joy Abiola, informed our correspondent that the students were physically assaulted.
Nevertheless, the National Association Of University Students condemned the EFCC’s arrest of the students.
In a statement signed by the National Director of Security and Safety, Eruobami Ayobami; Deputy National President, Babalola Daniel; and the Vice Chairman of NAUS in the state, Akinyemi Hammed, the students’ leadership criticized the commission’s process and actions, stating, “It is essential that as student leaders, the security and safety of our students are of utmost importance to us, and the actions of the EFCC are akin to those of a gang of thieves and burglars.”
The EFCC listed the names of the suspects as follows: Dankuwo Eniola Erioluwa, Mustapha Monsuru Oluwanisola, Adeyeye Timilehin Ebenezer, Toromade Hammed Adedeji, Busari Abdulazeez Ayodeji, Adeleye Olumuyiwa Emmanuel, Oluwasakin Moyosore Favour, Olubini Pere Michael, Oluwadara Emmanuel Benny, Gbadamosi Okikola Omotola, Okusipe Tobiloba Paul, Nnekwelugo Enaemeka, Aghwaritoma Wisdom, Adesina Gbolahan Khalid, and Micheal Olugoke Oluwaseun.
Others include: Obafemi Joshua Mayowa, Eronmonsele Anthony Igberaese, Salau Oluwawumi, Jaiyeola Yinka Temitope, Ajayi Ayodeji Olanrenwaju, Oguntade Oluwabukunmi David, Abdulmumini Abdulsamad, Tolulope Oduola Folaranmi, Kayode Abdulraheem Ajuwon, Akinyemi Oluwagbenro Aduragbemi, Ayodeji Olumose Adedeji, Alawode Femi Segun, Junaid Hafiz Adeyinka, Akolade Oladele Sunday, Oyeniyi Banji Andrew, Oladusu Lanrinde Morakinyo, Ojo John Ifeoluwa, Akwuaka Tochukwu Blaise, and Ogunleye Daniel Ayobami and Adebowale Omodesire Diekola.
The rest are: Arekemase Olayinka Ridwan, Ajigbolamu Ayomide Ademola, Asegun David Damola, Adibe Elvis Ebubechukwu, Ohakanu Chidubem, Adeoye Mayowa Irejah, Adesokan Charles Adekunle, Olorunfemi Isaac Oladimeji, Odeyemi Femi Victor, Alimi Ajibola Akorede, Okeke Ifaenyi Francis, Fawehinmi Ayomide Simeon, Soniola Olumide Elijah, Yahaya Isah Salihu, Daramola Junia Olamide, Agbabikaka Mojuolaoluwa, and Kingsley Ejike Nweake.
Others on the list are: Camara Abdullahi, Aminu Kehinde, Bayo Adegoke Iyanuoluwa, Alao Kolawale Oluwaseun, Oloruntoba Oluwatosin Adeniyi, Idowu Philip Oluwaseun, Maiye Daniel Olasile, Oyelami Peter OLuwaseyi, Emmanuel Nsochukwu, Komolafe Tosin, Praise Izuagie, Umehidi Obinna, Olujulo Lucas Ifeoluwa, Omejeh Stanley, Latilo Tolu, Oluwaseun Akinrelere, and Great Onufomah.
The recovered items include luxury cars, 190 mobile phones, and 40 laptops, among others.
According to the EFCC, “The suspects have provided useful statements to the EFCC and will be prosecuted as soon as the investigations are concluded.”
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