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EFCC invades OOU, FUNAAB, MAPOLY, abducts students

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested  30 students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic  (MAPOLY) and Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta (FUNAAB), as well  as  those of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU).

The  anti-graft agency arrested the students, on Wednesday, after storming    the Ibogun campus of  the OOU  in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State  to arrest  some  students of the school.

A student of OOU, Samson Adeyemi, who is also the students’ spokesperson, claimed  the EFCC  agents took away 18 students from   the Ibogun campus.

According to him, the EFCC agents arrived  at some students’ hostels around 12am on Tuesday  and   broke in through the windows and the doors before  making arrests.

It was learnt that operatives raided  student  apartments, claiming that they were Internet fraudsters. Some cars, laptops and phones were taken away.

It was also learnt that they carried out the operations in Safari, Abule-Ojere, Gbokoniyi, Kemta and Alabata, all in Abeokuta,   reportedly dominated by  MAPOLY and FUNAAB students.

An eyewitness, who recorded a 25-second video of the raid on a building in Abule-Ojere,  said the operatives carted  away  a car, laptops, but could not get the suspected  Internet fraudsters living in those apartments.

A student, who spoke   on  condition of anonymity, said he was accosted on his way home by  EFCC officials, but was  later released after they searched him  and could not find  any incriminating material on him.

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A 50-second video from one of the victims whose apartment was allegedly raided by the  EFCC was also obtained.

In the video, the victim  believed  to be a student of MAPOLY lamented that he was not a fraudster, but his apartment  was raided.

The victim claimed that the  operatives  broke into his room through the windows  and ransacked  his apartment.

Another video where a vehicle carrying the EFCC operatives was  moving around Abeokuta, was also obtained.

Meanwhile, the  Public Relations Officer of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Student  Union, Johnson Idowu, said the school had   not received  any report  of arrest of  MAPOLY students by  the  EFCC.

He said, “We learnt that the EFCC came to Abeokuta, but there was no pictorial evidence to prove that.

“We have not received  any report that our students are among those arrested.”

However, spokesman for the   EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the operations.”

Uwujaren said that they arrested about 30 people  over alleged  Advance Free Fraud.

He said,   “Yes, our people are there for an operation and made some arrests.

“At the moment, they are screening them and  once they finish the screening, those who are not linked  to the crime will be allowed to go home while we will continue with further investigation.”

When asked of the whereabouts of the students, he said, “I don’t think that is an issue. They are safe. About 30 people are involved.”