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EFCC Arrest of 89 Suspected Fraudsters: Nigerians React

By Precious Ukeje

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, says it has arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters in an Ibadan Night Club. The nation’s leading anti-graft agency disclosed this in a series of tweets in their official Twitter handle, @officialEFCC. Consequently, some Nigerians have reacted to the information.

According to the agency’s report, the EFCC Ibadan zonal office, at the weekend, arrested 89 suspected internet fraudsters at the popular Club 360 located on the Akala Expressway, Oluyole Extension in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The commission said its men had carried out some discreet surveillance on the nature of activities going on at the nightclub which they found to be harbouring internet fraudsters.

Consequently, several Twitter users reacted to the report of the agency, asking it to be fast in its interrogation and set free, the innocent persons who were arrested alongside the suspected fraudsters. Prominent among people who reacted was human rights activist, and founder, Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation, as well as convener of the End SARS Campaign, Segun Awosanya, via his Twitter handle @Segalink.

‘Nigeria will not remain a failed state and all rogue forces will pay for their crimes against humanity. Just so they can say you are working, you are illegally raiding places and tagging people fraudsters? If this were legal, why destroy their security cameras and rob them of their money?’ Awosanya questioned.

Awosanya further said, ‘We’ll not allow this madness. We know that Nigeria is slipping into full-fledged lawlessness, thus the violation of human rights in the name of seeking fraudsters using unintelligent rogue units. This will be prosecuted.’

Promise Etim, in his Twitter handle, @promiseetim25, said, ‘I just do hope all of them are Yahoo Boys as you have alleged, if not, profile innocent ones and set them free. This country tire me.’

@nonsookongwu in his reaction asked the EFCC to leave the young boys alone and rather go for politicians. ‘Ganduje was caught on video taking bribe in dollars; Tinubu was caught on video sharing money from a bullion van right under your nose, But it’s yahoo boys you people can catch,’ he said.

Animasaun Idris wrote, ‘Anytime I’m in Ibadan, I always go to this spot to hang out because it’s very close to my parents’ house. Had it been I was in IB over the weekend, I would have been part of these guys and I’m not a yahoo boy. You have also killed someone’s business, EFCC this is so wrong.’

Nzubechukwu who did a screenshot of one of the EFCC officials drawing attention to his shoes, questioned the source of the money the official used to buy himself a Nike 720 pair of shoes.

Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency said it had confiscated a number of undisclosed vehicles, laptops, sophisticated phones and other items. It also said the suspects were undergoing further interrogation

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