EFCC Arrests Over 70 OAU Students in Midnight Invasion

Over 70 Students of OAU Arrested In Midnight Raid

EFCC Arrests Over 70 OAU Students in Midnight Invasion
Obafemi Awolowo University

In a surprising turn of events, officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly apprehended more than 70 students from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, during a late-night operation. Multiple sources in Ile-Ife confirmed the incident, which occurred around 2 a.m., as EFCC agents conducted a raid on the Fine Touch and Superb hostels situated in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, situated outside the campus.

The precise reasons for these arrests remained uncertain at the time of reporting. However, the Students' Union President, Abass Ojo, indicated that the union possessed information regarding the detention of "72 students from the hostel, with the confiscation of phones and cars."

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Joy Abiola, a former union official, alleged that the students had been subjected to physical force. She stated, "EFCC officials arrived between 1:40 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Only students reside in these hostels. How can individuals be detained for possessing iPhones, laptops, and cars?"

Reports suggested that even female students and some new students, who were merely visiting senior colleagues, were among those detained. Students expressed concerns about the approach employed by the EFCC.

Footage shared with our correspondent captured by one of the students portrayed several young individuals, believed to be students from the hostel, being escorted into a white Hummer Bus. Some security personnel were seen directing them, at times forcefully, to board the bus quickly. Another video showed approximately six vehicles, including the white Hummer Bus, in motion, indicating that the EFCC officials were departing from the Ile-Ife area and heading towards Ibadan.

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In response to inquiries, Olumide Egbodofo, the head of Public Affairs Department at the EFCC's Ibadan Zonal Command, stated that an official statement concerning the incident would be issued shortly. 

As of the time of reporting, the university's spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, could not be reached for comment.