- Suspected cyber fraudsters unleashed dog on EFCC operatives in Ibadan
- The incident happened when the EFCC stormed the suspects’ hideout at Agara area of Ibadan at the early hour of Wednesday, May 15
- Operatives were able to dislodge the dangerous dog, carry out extensive search on the apartment and effect arrest of the suspects
There was a mild drama in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, on Wednesday, May 15, as detectives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), got a dose of ‘corruption fighting back’ when suspected internet criminals unleashed a dangerous dog on them to resist arrest.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that upon receipt of intelligence reports and launch of preliminary investigations into their alleged illegal activities, officers of the commission had stormed the suspects’ hideout at Agara area of Ibadan at the early hours of the day.
Legit.ng gathered that instead of allowing them in after proper introduction, one of the suspects instructed the guard to release the dog to attack the men.
It was learnt that the trick, however, failed to work, rather, tasked the detectives to display their dexterity and professionalism. The operatives were able to dislodge the dangerous dog, carry out extensive search on the apartment and effect arrest of the suspects.
It was also gathered that out of desperation to conceal useful information that could help the commission in their investigation, one of the suspects smashed his android phone with the intention to destroy the gadget and deny access to the data therein.
The attempt equally failed as the operatives took possession of the broken phone and deposited it with the forensic unit for proper analysis of the recovered data.
The second-in-command to the zonal head, Bright Igeleke, who led the operation, described the experience as part of the ‘hazards of the job’.
Suspects arrested in the operation are: Paul Afolabi, Balogun Ibrahim Adebayo, Izu Ibobo Chukwunalu, Abe Tolulope, Onifade Gidion Idowu, Komolafe Tosin and Igwe Kinsley Otuu.
Similarly, operatives from the zone earlier in the week arrested four other suspects over their alleged involvement in cyber-related offences.
The suspects - Adebisi Adewale Michael and Olowolayemo Olakunle Quddus. Opaaje Oluwatobi Isiah and Itowe Kelvin Olutayo – are now under interrogation and are giving useful information to the operatives in the quest to unravel the extent of their illegal activities.
Information sieved from them so far reveals that they use the internet to defraud unsuspecting victims while posing online as white ladies and foreign military officers.
Tony Orilade, the spokesperson for the anti-graft agency said at the point of their arrest, a Lexus car, i-phones, other brands of phones and International Passports were recovered from them.
Orilade disclosed that all the arrested suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded. All the arrested suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, a source in the commission hinted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the southeast zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, May 1, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
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