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30 Alleged Fraudsters Whished Away After EFCC Raided Lagos Hotel



30 Alleged Fraudsters Whished Away After EFCC Raided Lagos Hotel

30 suspects linked to fraud have been arrested by the men of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission after they raided a hotel in Lekki Area of Lagos State.

According to reports, the men of the EFCC seized the master cards from the management of the hotel at gunpoint to have access to the rooms of the occupants.

It was also reported that some hotel occupants were unclad under the duvet in bed when the operatives bagged into the rooms with the master cards.

One of the victims, while lamenting the invasion, told the Peoples Gazette, “I was naked, and I had to beg them (for me) to put something on. I am actually hypertensive, but I put myself together because I am not a criminal in any way.”

An eyewitness said to the publication, “They broke into the hotel and threatened to shoot the receptionists and management workers if they didn’t immediately release the master access card to them. So, the hotel workers had to comply immediately.”

The publication reported that not less than 13 guests at the hotel were arrested by the EFCC after the raid. Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren has confirmed the raid in a statement.

According to him, the agency effected the operation after finalizing reliable intelligence gathered on Parktonian Hotel. H added that 30 people were whisked away during the raid.

He said the operatives acted on verified intelligence targeted at suspects at Parktonian Hotel, adding that 30 suspects were arrested during the raid.

He said, “Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, acting on verified intelligence, carried out a sting operation targeted at cybercrime suspects at Parktonian Hotel in the Lekki area of Lagos State in the early hours of Tuesday.

“During the exercise, 30 suspects were arrested. Of this number, 24 have been established to be involved in internet-related fraud. The operation was executed without incident as the facility had been under surveillance for weeks during which the commission was able to isolate the rooms where the suspects were lodged.

“Access to the rooms was seamless as the commission has standard procedure for accessing such facilities without application of force or discomfort to guests. No guest of the hotel was molested.

“But the commission observes a disturbing trend in which cybercrime suspects now employ kept ladies who feign nakedness as a decoy to distract operatives of the commission to enable them to destroy incriminating evidence before arrest.”


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