55 Scammers Arrested In Massive Raids In Nigeria
The Scammers Arrested Include Ex-Convict Scammers Returning To Crime
According to the EFCC, they executed a major raid with 55 scammers arrested, Seized 7 Cars, 79 Phones:
Internet Fraud: EFCC Arrests Ex-convict, 54 Others in Oyo Town
Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested an ex-cybercrime convict, Adeniran Ayobami Tijesunimi, and fifty-four others for alleged internet fraud and related organized criminal activities. Justice Uche Agomoh of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State had on February 15, 2022, convicted and sentenced Tijesunimi to seven months imprisonment without an option of fine for his involvement in cybercrime, but as soon as he was released he when right back to it and formed a new gang – the scammers arrested in this raid.
Tijesunimi was again arrested alongside others at Oyo town, Oyo State on July 13, 2023, following verified intelligence from a third party regarding his and other’s internet fraud activities.
Items recovered from the suspect scammers arrested include seven exotic vehicles, seventy-nine (79) mobile phones, four laptops, and several incriminating documents, among others.
The scamemrs arrested will be arraigned in court once investigations are concluded.
The tragic thing is that the Nigerians typically only charge each criminal once – for a single victim – ignoring all of the other victims of these criminals. The easily could charge each scammer arrested with multiple counts since they seized the computers and phones from each criminal, but they choose not to. The argument made by the previous EFCC chairman was that this is to simplify their own investigations, arraignments, and trial process. However, SCARS believes that this is purely political.
This neither brings justice for the victims nor makes the criminals account for the extreme pain and harm they have caused. The result is usually very short prison sentences or even community services since most are not viewed as serial criminals but just first-time offenders. These arrests look good in the world’s media, but at the same time it allows Nigeria to say “see, this is not such a big problem, these are all or mostly first-time offenders who only scammed one person!” In effect, the whole process is a charade to improve Nigeria’s reputation worldwide.
Unfortunately, the dozens or hundreds of victims of each of the scammers arrested never get their justice. Even worse, the Nigerian government greedily keeps the stolen money from the victims except in high-profit cases. Sadly, in this case, as in most of the convictions of these arrested scammers, all the money and assets seized will be turned over to the Nigerian Treasury, and no money will be returned to the victims.
Another aspect is that when they will be convicted, the sentences reflect the absence of victim participation in the sentencing process.
It is a very imperfect process, but at least the scammers are arrested and there is some criminal justice process, and it has been improving. Though we are unsure of what the recent firing of the EFCC chairmen by the newly elected Nigerian president really means.
The Scammers Arrested are: