EFCC Attacked In Ibadan, As Yahoo Boys Unleash Dogs On Operatives
Detectives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office got a dose of ‘corruption fighting back’ during the week, when suspected internet criminals ‘Yahoo Boys’, unleashed an attack dog on them, while resisting arrest.
The EFCC officers, upon receiving intelligence reports about the suspects, launched preliminary investigations into their illegal activities, and based on their findings, some officers of the commission stormed the suspects’ hideout at Agara area of Ibadan, in the early hours of Thursday. Instead of allowing them in, after they had introduced themselves, one of the suspects instructed the guard to release the attack dog on the operatives.
The trick failed to work, instead the detectives displayed their dexterity and professionalism. They were able to dislodge the dangerous dog, carry out extensive search on the apartment and effect arrest of the suspects.
Again, out of desperation to conceal useful information that could further indict them, one of the suspects smashed his android phone in order to destroy the gadget and deny access to the data inside it. This attempt equally failed as the operatives took possession of the broken phone, and transferred it the forensic unit, where analysis is being carried out to obtain data from it.
According to the second-in-command to the zonal head, Bright Igeleke, who led the operation, he described the experience as part of the ‘hazards of the job’. The suspects arrested in the operation are: Paul Afolabi, Balogun Ibrahim Adebayo, Izu Ibobo Chukwunalu, Abe Tolulope, Onifade Gideon Idowu, Komolafe Tosin and Igwe Kinsley Otuu.
Similarly, operatives from the zone had earlier arrested four other suspects over their alleged involvement in cyber-related offences. The suspects are: Adebisi Adewale Michael and Olowolayemo Olakunle Quddus, Opaaje Oluwatobi Isiah and Itowe Kelvin Olutayo.
They are now under interrogation and are giving useful information to the operatives in the quest to unravel the extent of their illegal activities. Information obtained from them so far reveals that they used the internet to defraud unsuspecting victims while posing online as white ladies and foreign military officers. At the point of their arrest, a Lexus car, iPhones, other brands of phones and International Passports, were recovered from them. All the arrested suspects will be charged to court soon.
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