OAU Confirms Release of Students Arrested by EFCC

The Public Relations Officer of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Abiodun Olarewaju, has revealed that 58 out of the 69 students of the institution earlier arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have been released.

Olarewaju, who also revealed that the remaining 11 had cases to answer with the anti-graft agency, stated that the release of the students was affected after a meeting between the management of the institution and the EFCC in Ibadan.

Speaking with the Newsmen, the university spokesperson, Olarewaju, said the management of the institution would hold a meeting with the EFCC.

He, however, maintained that the university would not stop the anti-graft agency from doing its job

“58 of the students was released to us. The remaining 11 of them have cases to answer.”

According to the report, the anti-gravity agency, in a midnight raid, stormed hostels outside the OAU campus, including Fine Touch and Superb hostels in the Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, broke into rooms, and arrested some students.

It was gathered that the arrested students were taken to the EFCC Zonal office, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The EFCC, in a statement on its social media platform hours later, confirmed that it arrested 69 suspects in Ile-Ife. The anti-graft agency listed the names of the suspects but was silent on their identities as students.

’’They were arrested yesterday at the Oduduwa estate area of Ile-Ife, Osun State, following actionable intelligence on their suspected involvement in fraudulent Internet-related activities. Credible intelligence linked Oduduwa Estate with the activities of suspected internet fraudsters,” the statement said.

DailyPost / Arafat Ayofe

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