Three students Fisayo Adetoro, Emmanuel Omole, and Wale Ayeni who specialize in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public through the internet have been arrested.
In a Press statement Ondo Police Imagemaker, Mr. Oluwole Ogodo, said that the three undergraduate students were members of a notorious internet fraud syndicate.
Mr. Ogodo said that by using professional police tactics detectives from the Akure Area Command nabbed the suspects at "Ilesha Garage and Delta Hotel" in Akure.
Mr. Ogodo disclosed that Fisayo Adetoro is a 300-Level, Computer Science student at the Joseph Ayodele Babalola University, (JABU) in Ikeji Arakeji, Osun state.
The Police Spokesman added that Emmanuel Omole and Wale Ayeni were expelled students of the Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA).
Mr. Ogodo narrated the method in which undergraduate students have been defrauding their victims: "Through online transactions, the syndicate had, sometime in April 2015, requested six i-phones valued at Nine Hundred and Eighty Four Thousand Naira (N984,000:00k) from Ajiboye Adeyinka Kabir of No. 3, Oyekunle Street, Ajegunle, Lagos State.
They lied to Ajiboye that they were working at Government House, Akure.
"Ajiboye brought the six i-phones to Akure as requested by the syndicate on 10/5/2015. On arrival at Ondo garage Akure, the three fraudsters took him in their operational vehicle, a Nissan Armanda Jeep with Registration Number JS-28-EKY, and pretended to be heading for Government House, Akure.
"On the way, they made a detour to Fiwasaye-Ijapo Road, Akure where they forcefully took the I-phones from Ajiboye, and pushed him out of the vehicle in motion. Ajiboye sustained various degrees of injuries and was rushed by Policemen at Ijapo Division to the Police Clinic, Akure for immediate medical attention.
"On 25/5/2015, the syndicate also contacted one Akinola Segun of No. 29/31 Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, and placed an order for another set of five I-phones valued at Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N820,000:00k).
"They again lied that they were lecturers at the Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin. On arrival in Akure on 25/5/2015 at about 16:30hrs, they conveyed Akinola in their operational jeep to a hotel on Ondo Road, Akure. The three then drugged his food with swinol tablets and made away with the five I-phones.
"The syndicate however ran out of luck on 2/6/2015 when they unknowingly contacted the same Akinola Segun on a different website and ordered five I-phones, and deceitfully presented themselves as lecturers from the College of Agriculture, Akure.
"Akinola Segun immediately contacted the Akure Area Command’s office where the Area Commander, ACP. Edward Ajogun psc, with his team of detectives employed professional tactics that lead to their arrest of the three students.”
The Police has impounded the alleged fraudsters’ operational vehicle,a Nissan Armanda Jeep, with Registration Number JS-28-EKY, valued at Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira.
Other items recovered from the syndicate include: (i) three 16GB I-phones, (ii) one HTC phone, (iii) one Blackberry Q10, (iv) one Techno phone, (v) Gold rings, (vi) Gold necklace and (vii) Gold ear ring. These items are valued at Six Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand Naira.
The Police vowed to arraign the suspects in court.