Seven National Diploma (ND) students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Ogun State, have been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged internet scam, forgery of financial instruments and lottery scam.The suspects are: Adesina Olalekan, Makinde Noheem, Toheeb Ogunowo, Somotun Olusola, Somotun Sodiq, Tajudeen Hafeez Bolaji and Kareem Olaseni. It was gathered that their offenses borders on conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretenses and possession of forged documents. The anti-graft agency explained that the suspects are studying various courses in MAPOLY and were living flamboyantly.
According to EFCC, the suspects were arrested by operatives of the Commission within Abeokuta and its environs following a petition received by the Commission about their activities. They were arrested alongside Iyun Ifeoluwa, Odusanwo Ibrahim, Obanijesu Opeyemi Soneye, Azeez Olayinka, Babatunde Ajala, Ojejimi Ademola, Aderowunmi Ayomide and Oluokun Oluwaseun.
One of the suspects, Olaseni, a 21-year-old Business Administration student, was said to have created a Facebook account with the name Dean Robert, with which he interacted with his victims. Olaseni, in his statement, said his modus operandi was to tell victims that they have won Facebook Lottery. “I tell them that they have won Facebook Lottery. I have people who receive the money sent by the victims. Then, the money is remitted into my personal accounts domiciled in GTBank and Skye Bank,” he stated. A number of items, including laptops, forged documents, were said to be recovered from the suspects during their arrests.