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EFCC Arrests Hotelier, 79 Others Over Alleged Internet Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 30-year-old Lagos based businessman, Oladimeji Olusegun Ogunfolaju and 79 others over their alleged involvement in internet fraud.

Ogunfolaju, who is said to own Lakers Hotel and Lake County Entertainment, was accused of allowing his hotel to be a haven for Internet fraudsters.

According to an EFCC operative, who does not want to be named, the hotel located in the Ikorodu area of Lagos was allegedly secured by armed security men from the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Navy.

The source also disclosed that the suspects were arrested during a sting operation on the hotel located at 29, Ebute-Igbogbo Road, Ikorodu, Lagos on Saturday, March 7, 2020, following an intensive surveillance and intelligence gathering by the anti-graft agency about their alleged criminal activities.

He also claimed that, in his statement, Ogunfolaju allegedly said that he built the hotel, which houses a night club and a strip bar, from the proceeds of internet fraud in 2017.

Some of the arrested suspects include: Azeeez Ayo Babatunde, Junior Adedayo Bamidele, Olalekan Yusuf Oyebanji, Ajayi Damilola Leke, Sulaimon Olamilekan,  Segun Ogunbanwo, Adebayo Soliu, Bello Emeka Chris, Shitu Bamidele, and Awolesi Damilola Ademola.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, jewellery, mobile phones and some documents.

 

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