By Ifeanyi Okolie
The unprecedented visit by stern-looking operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at 1004 Housing estate, in Victoria Island, Lagos penultimate Tuesday, sent residents wondering.
But not long, the reason for the visit was discovered to be in connection with the arrest of two self-acclaimed undergraduates of a university in Malaysia, and six others over allegation of fraud and internet scam.
A search conducted by the operatives at the upscale apartment of the suspects , reportedly led to the discovery of several items such as laptops, iPad, traveling documents, cheque books, flash drives, internet modem, and three exotic cars;a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.
Their arrest according to spokesman for the Commission, Wisdom Uwujaren, “ was sequel to a petition by a concerned group which alerted the Commission about activities of one Hope Olusegun and his co-travelers at the elite 1004 Housing Estate where they engage in fraudulent activities of obtaining money by false antics and forgery”.
The operatives he informed, also downloaded over 80 implicating documents from the laptops recovered from Olusegun, adding that effort to track down other members of the syndicate was still on.
During investigation, it was gathered that the suspects pay N30,000 a day for the rented apartment, an amount discovered to be more than their income as students.
But Olusegun in his statement, simple wrote:“I decided to stay away from the Mainland in Lagos because of stress of friends when one returns from abroad.”
Also asked how he got the exotic cars, 25-year-old Olusegun who hails from Ogun said it belongs to his sister who lives in the United kingdom. But on further investigation, it was discovered that the car particulars bore his name.
Identities of other suspects are : Tunde Wasiu, Badmus Akeem, Ajijola Oluwatosin Emmanuel, Adebesin Olalekan, Raji Resaq, Ajibola Adeniyi and Adeboye Lamidi.
But Badmus in his statement said he only returned a week before his arrest. “ I am a music producer and artistes manager . I decided to move to Malaysia to further my education while I do “Hot jobs” as well. I just got back a week ago before the festive period. But he could not explain what he meant by ‘hot job’.
On his part, Sadiq said one of the recovered customized Range Rover Sports cars belongs to his mother.