By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
After defrauding unsuspecting Nigerians and foreigners for many years, two Nigerian undergraduates and six others Friday ran out of luck, as they were hauled into the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
They are to tell EFCC operatives all they know about using the Internet to fleece innocent members of the public and thereafter face the long arm of the law for their crimes over the years.They were all picked up from their operational base at the highbrow 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos.
One of the undergraduates, Hope Olusegun, a 25 year-old indigene of Okene, Kogi State, who claimed to be a student of Computer Science at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University, Malaysia, was arrested by operatives of EFCC over allegations of fraud and internet scam.
The arrest of the scammers followed a petition to the EFCC over the nefarious activities of Olusegun and his accomplices who have been using the 1004 base to engage in fraudulent activities of obtaining money by false pretences and forgery.
The EFCC said yesterday that following the petition, its operatives swooped on Olusegun’ s apartment and discovered various items which were being used for the fraud.
The recovered items included laptops, iPad phones, travelling documents, cheque books, flash drives, Internet modem, and three exotic cars – a Mercedes Benz Jeep, One 4-Matic Mercedes Benz Car and a Range Rover Sport SUV.
When confronted by the operatives, Olusegun denied ownership of the exotic cars, claiming that they belonged to his who lives in the United Kingdom.
Operatives of the EFCC also downloaded over 80 implicating documents from the laptops recovered from Olusegun. However, the Commission is making effort to track down other members of Olusegun’s syndicate who are currently at large.
Tunde Wasiu Sodiq, another undergraduate and member of another syndicate with close affinity with Olusegun’s gang was also nabbed by operatives of the EFCC at the Housing Estate.