Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Parades 20 Tai Solarin Students Raided By Army

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan, Oyo State, has paraded students of Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) who were illegally arrested by personnel of the Nigerian Army.
In a release on the EFCC’s Facebook page, the students were paraded as internet fraudsters.

According to the release, the “suspects” were handed over to the agency by men of the Nigerian Army who raided Ijagun in the Odogbolu area of Ogun State, the location of the school.
The release reads: “Officers of the 12 Field Engineering Regiment of Nigerian Army, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on Friday, 29 October 2021 handed over 20 suspected internet fraudsters to the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC. The suspects were arrested during a raid conducted by the Nigerian Army at Ijagun, Odogbolu area of Ogun state.

“The suspects are; Azeez Hameed Busayo, Olubor Chuks Winner, Amusa Abdulhakeem, Osoko Adesola David, Diyaolu Daniel Damilola, Olunlade Quadri Olamilekan, Amaje Kelly Armstrong, Akorede Olaleye Tope, Owonifari Niyi Sanwiyu.
“Others are; Ganiyu Olamide Sodiq, Onasanya Taiwo Adeniyi, Ajayi Muhaymin Adesola, Asenuga Ridwan Ayotomiwa, Bamgboye Tobiloba Quadri, Ayede Opeyemi Oluwaseun,Oseni Abolore Ismail, Olaniyan Mayowa Emmanuel, Akanni Qudus Olaleye and Onasile Abiodun Sunday.”
Recall that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) berated the Nigerian Army for handing over students of the institution illegally arrested, to the EFCC in Ibadan.
SaharaReporters gathered that the students were arrested on Thursday by soldiers attached to Ilese Barracks.
“Uniformed men of Nigerian Military invaded the students’ community of our dear University and meted absolute injustice, extortion and assaults on peace-loving students.
“TASUEDITES who are going by their legitimate and calm businesses were cornered at CONOIL Filling Station, the Express Road that leads to the University’s second gate. They were arrested and assaulted for no reason.
“To make things worse, the soldiers asked students to bail themselves with N50,000 and those who could not do that were detained and taken away (most likely to the barracks),” a students’ leader had said.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon in a statement sent to SaharaReporters on Sunday said the Students’ Union President of the school, Sodiq Ridwan and four of his executives were released by the army.
He added that other students arrested were however transferred to EFCC custody in Ibadan for alleged internet frauds.
The statement had read, “Recall I condemned in the strongest possible terms the unjust arrest, harassment and intimidations of some TASUED students, including the SUG President and some Union Executives by troops of the Nigerian Army attached to the Ilese Barracks in Ogun State.
“Also, recall that I earlier on Friday announced a 24-hour ultimatum for the unconditional release of the affected students. I travelled with my team 16 hours before the expiration of the ultimatum to give prompt actions to my words. The SUG President and four other SUG Executives arrested were released before the expiration of our ultimatum. The rest of the students arrested have been transferred to EFCC custody in Ibadan for alleged internet frauds.
“While I do not support internet frauds, I am of the firm belief that the Nigerian Army has no business arresting internet fraudsters. Transferring them to the EFCC is an afterthought because of the dimensions the case has taken. The Nigerian Army should be too busy fighting insecurity across the country than pursuing petty criminals and causing unrest in our campuses by creating avoidable and unnecessary drama through an excessive show of force.
“I have directed an internal individualised enquiry into the allegations and evidence against the students transferred to the EFCC custody and NANS under my watch will ensure their prompt release if our internal investigation suggests lack of evidence against them and if the evidence against them is questionable or obtained illegally.
“We must protect our students from unnecessary and avoidable aggressions. The sensitivity of Campus Security shall also be discussed during our forthcoming Students Security Summit slated to hold on 4th November 2021 in Abuja.”

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