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Hotelier, 79 others held for internet fraud

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Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested the 30-year-old owner of Lakers Hotel and Lake County Entertainment in Lagos, Oladimeji Olusegun Ogunfolaju, for alleged internet fraud.

The EFCC also apprehended 79 others in connection with internet fraud.

The hotel, alleged to be a haven for internet fraudsters, is being guarded by armed security men from three security agencies – the Nigerian Army, the police and the Navy.

The suspects, the Acting Head, Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, said in a statement yesterday, were arrested during a sting operation on the hotel located at 29, Ebute-Igbogbo Road, Ikorodu, Lagos, on March 7, 2020, following an intensive surveillance and intelligence gathering by the commission about their alleged criminal activities.

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He said: “In his statement, Ogunfolaju said he built the hotel, which houses a night club and a strip bar, from the proceeds of internet fraud in 2017.

“About 60 of the suspects have volunteered useful information, leading to further investigation.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects at the point of arrest include exotic cars, jewellery, mobile phones and some documents.”

Orilade added that the suspects would soon be arraigned.

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