The suspects were apprehended in two different locations in the
capital city of Oyo State, Ibadan.
The EFCC gave the following list of student fraudsters on March 19,
Otuyalo Damilola – 400 level, Computer Science of Lead City
Adegbuyi Michael – University of Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia;
Ibrahim Aruna – Mineral Resources Engineering, Federal Polytechnic,
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State;
Adeosun Matthew – 200 level, Banking and Finance, University of
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Others are Afolabi Ayodele, Balogun Olumuyiwa and Abiola Okunola.
Five of the suspects, i.e. Aruna, Matthew, Ayodele, Olumuyiwa and
Okunola, were arrested together at the Iyana Adeoyo Branch of a first
generation bank in Dugbe, Ibadan, while they were collecting proceeds
of scam via Western Union.
The other two suspects, Damilola and Michael, were picked up in a
rented apartment in Oluyole Estate in Ibadan.
The arrest of scammers was possible due to intense surveillance by
One of the suspects, Olumuyiwa, admitted conning a white American
lady, Sarah Jorth, in a romance scam. He said he was used a false name
(Vincente Marco) to deceive her into believing that he would marry her
and in the process raked in more than $450,000 (Four Hundred and Fifty
Thousand United States Dollars) from her.
Another suspect, Damilola said he had been “in the business” since
2010. He is doing yahoo yahoo (Internet fraud) to make both ends meet.
The scammer also boasted he had purchased his Infinity Jeep and a
Honda Accord through the fraud.
Michael confessed that he started Internet scam since 2000 when he was
a student at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Even
when he moved to Malaysia, he was still engrossed in the business.
“Anytime I come home on holiday, I look for vulnerable targets because
the rigour of studies in Malaysia would not allow me to do it there,”
he said. He disclosed that his specialty was lottery scam.
Items recovered from the suspects include: three laptop computers; one
flash drive; two Visafone modems; one travelling passport; one
Infinity Fx 35 SUV, one Honda Accord car and some bank documents.
They will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.