The Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 32 “Yahoo boys” for alleged involvement in internet fraud.
In a statement issued on Tuesday via its Twitter page, the EFCC said it arrested three members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), 19 undergraduates and 10 others on suspicion of committing internet fraud and other cybercrimes.
The suspects were apprehended during a raid on their hideout in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, when the officers of the agency swept on the location, after diligent analysis of series of intelligence gathered on their alleged criminal activities.
The suspects are Oyebamiji Francis; Aremo Jeremiah; Ogbonnaya Prosper John; Anuoluwapo Matthew; Oladele Victor; Mumuni Waliyullah; Olawoyin Abiodun; Okuwatoyin Henry; Arisekola Shina; Babarinde Solomon; Samson Gideon; Joshua Ola Adebayo; Ajayi Joseph Ajibola; Garba Mojeed, Olatunbosun Tobiloba and Azeez Ridwan.
Others are Ajala Timilehin; Adebolapo Bakare; Alaba Gideon; Ogunkeye Olumide; Ogunleke Tolu; Olapade Emmanuel; Adegoke Aanu Abiodun; Job Ayantoye; Oyebode Pelumi; Babayanju Toluwani; Oladele Ayobami; Omonaiye Abubakar; Sattong Baking; Abisoye Kehinde, Iwajomo Nathan and Aniyikaye Tope.
It was gathered that during their arrest, 12 exotic cars, several phones, laptops and some incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded, according to a statement by the Commision’s Head of Media and Publicity Unit, Mr Dele Oyewale.
EFCC Arrests 3 Corps Members, 19 Undergraduates, 10 Others for Alleged Internet Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, arrested 32 "Yahoo boys" for alleged involvement in internet fraud. pic.twitter.com/rXTLKyBAFP
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) August 11, 2020
This is coming barely 48 hours after a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, lamented that ‘Yahoo boys’ have now become role models to many Nigerian youths.