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EFCC bans night sting operations following Ile-Ife raid

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has placed a ban on night  sting operations by its operatives.

According to a statement by the anti-graft agency on Wednesday, its Executive Chairman, Mr. Ola Olukoyede gave the directive following the backlash of the arrest of 69 suspected internet fraudsters by operatives of the Ibadan Zonal of the commission in Ile-Ife, Osun State. “Already, many of the suspects duly profiled by the Command have been released, while profiling of suspects yet un-released will be completed, without further delay”, according to the statement by EFCC’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Dele Oyewale.

The management of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, said on Wednesday that a delegation from the school would visit the Ibadan Zonal Office of the EFCC to profile no fewer than 70 students arrested in a midnight raid on hostels outside the campus.

The university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, who confirmed that some students of the university were arrested, could not, however, give the figure.

He said the intervention of the management was to ensure that the innocent students were not made to suffer, and that the situation on the campus of the institution has remained calm.

He said: “We are very much conscious of the fact that some people are reckless among our students. We are not acting under the illusion that our students are doing some criminal activities but what we don’t want is for the innocent ones to suffer.

“As I am talking to you now, we are on our way to Ibadan to know the exact number of our students that were arrested, we will profile them and after that, we will report to the management, then we now know what to do”.

EFCC said it “wishes to assure the public that it will not relent in its adherence to the rule of law, in the exercise of its mandate”.

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