Abiola Kolawole, Ibadan
Operatives from the Ibadan zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested 32 people suspected to be internet fraudsters (aka ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Boys).
Aged between 15 and 39 years, the suspects were arrested at Liberty Estate, Laderin area of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during an early morning sting operation carried out by men of the commission.
The suspects were were caught unawares because of timing when the EFCC operatives swept on them at one of their notorious havens in the ancient city.
14 of them claimed to be undergraduates, while 18 others said they were self-employed in various vocations.
The arrest was sequel to a petition detailing their alleged fraudulent activities, including internet fraud through which they obtain money from unsuspecting victims.
Items recovered from them include six exotic cars, laptops, mobile phones, several documents containing false pretences and fetish objects.
According to the commission’s spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the suspects are already helping operatives with useful information.
Mr Orilade said the suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations concluded.