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The Management of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) as reacted to the publication that seven students of the institution had been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), with the statement that they are going through their data base to ascertain if they are truly students of the Polytechnic.
The institution Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Sulaiman Adebiyi, told newsmen that news of the alleged students involved in the crime had been brought to the notice of the school.
He said since the names of those arrested were listed by the EFCC, the school had to being taking pains to ascertain through the school portal system to find out if they are truly students of the institution.
” The news of the alleged seven student who were involved in fraudulent activities has been brought to us, but since the name has been listed we have to painstaking to ascertain through our portal system that they are our student.
“The findings has stated as soon we got the information and as soon as we confirm that they are our student or otherwise we will release a statement on the matter.
“We are currently investigating the status of the students arrested for the alleged cyber crime to determine whether they are students of the institution or not, ” he said.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, had arrested seven National Diploma (ND) students (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, for alleged offences bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money under false
pretences and possession of forged documents.
The suspects- Adesina Olalekan, Makinde Noheem, Toheeb Ogunowo, Somotun Olusola, Somotun Sodiq, Tajudeen Hafeez Bolaji and Kareem Olaseni- are studying various courses in the institution.
Ogun Today reports that they were arrested by operatives of the Commission within Abeokuta and it’s environs on August 17 , following a petition received by the Commission about their activities.
The suspects, who were said to be living flamboyantly, were alleged to be involved in internet scam, forgery of financial instruments and lottery scam, among others.
One of the suspects, Olaseni, a 21-year-old Business Administration student, was said to have created a Facebook account with the name Dean Robert, with which he interacted with his victims.
In his statement, Olaseni gave a blow-by-blow revelation of his modus operandi, saying, “I tell them (his victims) that they have won Facebook Lottery.
I have people who receive the money sent by the victims. Then, the money is remitted into my personal accounts domiciled in GTBank and Skye Bank.”
A number of items, including laptops, forged documents, were recovered from the suspects during their arrests.