A mini coffin suspected to contain fetish materials was found with a 38-year-old suspected internet fraudster, Azeez Adebowale, when operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, raided his house in Ibadan on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Adebowale, who claimed to be using the coffin as soap rack, was among the six persons arrested following weeks of piecing together tips on intelligence received on their alleged involvement in internet fraud.
The suspects which included a lady, Toyinsola Bolumole, were picked up by men of the Commission’s Ibadan zonal office at locations around Oluyole and Alao-Akala Estates of the ancient city.
Others are Ifelowo Ololade, Sonuyi Ayodeji, Folarin Oladele Olayinka and Aluko Olawale.
Items recovered from them include four cars, various brands of sophisticated phones and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card.
In a statement , released by the commission’s acting spokesman, Tony Orilade, said one of the suspects, Mr Adebowale, 38; claimed to be using the coffin as a soap rack to hypnotize his victims.
The EFCC has taken huge steps to curb financial crimes and ritual killings in Nigeria, Mr Orilade said.
In October 2019, the Commission arrested about 200 suspected internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys. The Ibadan zone of EFCC alone secured 171 convictions,167 of which are cybercrime offenders in 2019. In addition, the EFCC impounded 56 automobiles and 14 houses from the offenders and recovered N211,134,927.26; $136,289; €2000 and £765.
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