EFCC arrests landlord of 10 alleged internet fraudsters

EFCC arrests landlord of 10 alleged internet fraudsters

- Another set of alleged internet fraudsters also known as yahoo boys have been arrested by the EFCC

- This time the suspected yahoo boys were arrested alongside their landlord who was accused of providing shelter for them

- The EFCC, in a statement, said all the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, January 29, arrested a 33- Stanley Ejike Awam who is a landlord and 10 of his tenants, who are suspected to be internet fraudsters hibernating in his house in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Awam, 33, was apprehended by the anti-graft commission for allegedly providing shelter for the suspected internet fraudsters popularly known as yahoo boys

An EFCC statement gave the names of the suspects as Adeyemo Mukthar, Henry Uchefu, Adeleke David, Lukeman Salam, Olafuyi Joseph, Usman Mustapha, Shorefire Ayokunmi, Abdulsalam Abubakar and Bashir Mohammed.

EFCC arrests landlord of 10 alleged internet fraudsters

Photo of the house seized from the landlord by the EFCC. Photo credit: EFCC
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The EFCC said they will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Recall that 89 suspected internet fraudsters were recently arrested in Ibadan by the personnel of the EFCC at a popular night club.

Also, late last year, the EFCC disclosed that it has arrested 29 suspected internet fraudsters in three different locations in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

Nigerians have been commenting on the activities of the EFCC in recent times via social media.

Johnson Kolinson wrote: Nigeria is the only country that called his youths internet fraudsters or Yahoo boys. No country has tarnished the reputation of her youths like Nigeria. It's very shameful that Efcc degraded the institution so low by harassing innocent citizens who are enjoying in a night club.

Oscar Egbogu wrote: The laptop is a great source of wealth creation all over the world with innovations and new industries creating employment. In Nigeria however, its a stigma and a reason to be subject to police harassment and accusations of being a "yahoo boy" Ignorance is a disease.

ThankGod Ukachukwu wrote: Public sector is the highest contributor to the corruption in Nigeria but EFCC have spent 2015 till date chasing yahoo boys. They leave the sickness and go after the side effects. Their misplaced priority is why TI corruption index 2019 went from bad to worse.

Meanwhile, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a non-governmental organisation, has listed seven reasons why Nigeria keeps sliding back in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

The CPI released globally by Transparency International on Thursday, January 23, revealed that Nigeria has further slipped down in the perception of corruption in 2019.

CISLAC noted that the Buhari administration has introduced some policies to curb corruption but they are not enough.

Recently, the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said Nigeria’s justice sector has recorded tremendous success in speedy implementation of justice in 2019.

He stated this on Thursday, January 2 when he appeared on a programme on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

According to him, his ministry’s policies in 2019 have succeeded in deepening Nigeria’s democratic process by pushing for legislation and constitutional amendments.

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