By Ismaeel Uthman
PALPABLE fear has gripped some of the internet fraudsters known as ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Osun, following a tactical operation on them by the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The EFCC on Tuesday raided Ilesa and arrested 10 young men suspected to be internet fraudsters.
The arrested suspects are: Oyesoji Tosin, Olaniyi Emmanuel, Samson Ojo, Sodiq Sunkanmi, Kolawole Abiodun, Oluwole Gbenga, Olajuyigbe Olamide, Oyebanji Olabisi Temitope, Ayoola Oluwafemi and Oluwatobiloba Gbadamosi.
Spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspects were arrested after series of surveillance, based on intelligence on their alleged criminal activities.
Items recovered from the suspects, according to Uwujaren, include seven cars, laptop computers, mobile phones, and several documents containing false pretences.
He said the suspects have made useful statements and will soon be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.
However, the development has sent jilters down the spine of the ‘yahoo boys’, as some of them have gone into hiding in Osogbo.
Though, the suspected internet fraudsters protested the arrest of their colleagues on Tuesday in Ilesa, they have all gone underground for fear of fresh raid by the EFCC, according to credible sources.
There seems to be a consistent raid on the suspected internet fraudsters by the EFFCC since 2019 in Osogbo.
According to available records, the anti-graft agency has recorded success in the prosecution and conviction of some of the arrested suspects.