EFCC charges 113 of 127 people arrested at Akure Yahoo party

EFCC charges 113 of 127 people arrested at Akure Yahoo party

Out of 127 suspects arrested during a Yahoo Party in Akure, Ondo State, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said investigations have charged 113 persons with internet fraud.

EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, disclosed this while addressing a group of protesters under the auspices of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

He said the commission had filed criminal charges against more than 80 people indicted during the investigation.

He said: “As I speak to you, about 127 people have been arrested. It was a Yahoo party, forget the lies they are telling you. They came from nine local governments to organize the party in Akure. As I speak to you, 113 people have been charged, we have filed charges against about 80 of them; the rest will surely have their day in court.”

Olukoyede also disclosed that the commission, during its operation in Lagos, also indicted over 100 suspects, remanding them in custody and filing charges against over 50 of them.

Recall that the commission had apprehended 127 suspects during an early morning raid on June 8, 2024, during simultaneous parties held at Signature and Abah clubs in the state capital.

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According to a statement by the EFCC on Saturday, credible intelligence indicated that the party was initially scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, but was postponed to Saturday in an attempt to evade the commission’s security and intelligence networks.

“Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC have arrested one hundred and twenty-seven (127) suspected internet fraudsters in Ondo State. The suspected internet fraudsters were arrested during an early morning sting operation at a ‘Yahoo Party’ held simultaneously at Signature and Abah Clubs on Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Akure,” the statement read.

The statement also revealed that the suspects provided useful information to investigators and various items were recovered from them including ten exotic cars, phones, laptops, a motorcycle, wristwatches and many incriminating documents.

“The recovered items include ten exotic cars, phones, laptops, a motorcycle, wristwatches and numerous incriminating documents,” the statement added.

The EFCC assured that the suspects would be charged to court once investigation was completed.