58 out of the 69 students initially arrested on Wednesday at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been released. As previously reported, the committee detained more than seventy university students.
These students were allegedly taken into custody during a midnight raid on off-campus dormitories by EFCC agents. Several sources in Ile-Ife confirmed that the officers forcibly entered rooms in the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, around 2 in the morning, arrested the students, and took them into custody.
However, the National Association of University Students (NAUS) has strongly criticized the EFCC’s actions in arresting these students. The statement condemning the commission’s procedures and decisions was signed by the Vice Chairman of NAUS in the state, Akinyemi Hammed, the Deputy National President, Eruobami Ayobami, and the National Director of Security and Safety, Babalola Daniel. They emphasized the importance of the security and safety of students, characterizing the EFCC’s actions as akin to those of a gang of thieves and burglars.
In its official statement, the anti-graft agency stated that it arrested 69 individuals suspected of engaging in internet fraud in Ile-Ife. The arrests took place on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, in the Oduduwa Estate area of Ile-Ife, Osun State, based on credible intelligence regarding their suspected involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities. The agency linked the Oduduwa Estate to the activities of these suspected internet fraudsters.
Eruobami confirmed the release of 58 students on Wednesday.
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