Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arrested 18 suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation carried out in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.
The suspects according to a statement signed by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajuaren, included Adeleye Ayodeji, Muhammed Ayub, Odelade Samuel, Sodiq Olanrewaju, Ola Francis, Adeniyi Damilare, Olalekan Samad, Tunde Ayodele, Zubair Buhari and Oladosu Naheem.
Others were Olowokere Jamiu, Lawal Usman, Jamiu Abdulrasaq, Lawal Ahmed, Opeyemi Samuel, Alarape Ahmed, Kolawole Daniel, and Ganiyu Taofeek.
The statement said, “The suspects were smoked out of their hideouts at different locations following credible intelligence on the fraudulent activities of the fraudsters in Ilorin and its environs.
“Specifically, they were arrested at Sobi, Akerebiata and Las Vegas Estate, Asa Dam road, Ilorin.
“The suspects, who are mostly in their early twenties, included six students of renowned tertiary institutions in the state, a footballer, fashion designer, bitcoin dealer, laundryman, and an online betting gambler among others.
“Upon arrest, five exotic cars, 32 different brands of mobile phones, eight laptops and other incriminating materials were recovered from them.
“The suspects will be charged to court upon the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.”