A total of 30 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as “Yahoo Boys,” who operate in school campuses around Ilorin, Kwara State, have been arrested by operatives of the Ilorin Zonal Command of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The suspects were nabbed in a sting operation at Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete.
The EFCC said in a statement issued on Monday by its Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, that the suspects were arrested on the heels of actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related fraud activities.
Uwujaren gave an insight into the nature of the intelligence, “Part of the intelligence indicated that suspected internet fraudsters were operating in campuses around Ilorin metropolis to swindle unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned income. Based on the intelligence, and weeks of surveillance, operatives of the Commission on September 19, 2021 executed a search warrant in hostels within the KWASU campus, where a number of arrests were made.”
According to him, in the course of interrogation, those found not culpable were released to the Student Union Government, SUG, of the School, while the targets of the sting operation were brought to the Ilorin Zonal Command for further questioning.
He said six exotic cars, laptops mobile phones and other incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects, he revealed, will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.