The EFCC, on Wednesday, released 58 out of 69 students from Obafemi Awolowo University who were arrested for suspected internet fraud.
The students were apprehended during a midnight raid on hostels outside the campus. The EFCC stated that the arrests were made based on credible intelligence regarding their involvement in fraudulent online activities.
The release of the students was confirmed by the NANS Coordinator for South-West, John Alao, as well as the EFCC spokesman, Dele Oyewale. Oyewale did not specify the exact number of students who were released but mentioned that the profiling of the remaining suspects would be completed promptly.
“The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, has instructed all EFCC commands to discontinue nighttime sting operations in accordance with the recently revised procedures on arrest and bail of suspects. The Commission assures the public that it remains committed to upholding the rule of law in the execution of its duties.”
Before being released, students from OAU had gathered at the EFCC office in Ibadan to express their objection to their fellow student’s arrest.
The students who were protesting held up different signs to show their disappointment with the actions of the anti-corruption agency.
A few of the messages written on the signs included, “I study medicine, not a scam artist,” “If you’re robbers, why remove the CCTV cameras,” “Criminals trying to catch criminals,” and more.
The anti-corruption agency’s office in Ibadan was heavily guarded by security, with strong barriers around the premises.
Despite the heavy security presence, the students from OAU continued to demand that the commission’s leaders address their concerns.