The Oyo State Police Command has arrested three suspected internet fraudsters.
This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Ibadan by the Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu.
Ajisebutu said that the arrest of the suspects was made possible following a tip-off by members of the public,
He said that the suspects were picked up in their hideout at Soka area of Ibadan at about 6:30am on Wednesday by the command’s Anti-Kidnapping Squad.
“The suspects, who had been elusive for some time now, were eventually arrested after several days of intelligence gathering and painstaking investigation carried out by the police.
“During interrogation, the suspects confessed to being internet fraudsters and that they had defrauded many innocent victims they referred to as ‘clients’ of their hard earned money in naira and foreign currencies.
“They also disclosed that they often used charms to facilitate their illicit business.
“This they did by hypnotizing victims and ‘commanding’ them to part with their dollars and valuable properties,’’ the police spokesman said.
Ajisebutu said that the suspects further disclosed that those who had fallen victims included foreign nationals and Nigerians alike.
“Exhibits recovered from them included four assorted laptops and assorted criminal charms.
“The Commissioner of Police, Samuel Adegbuyi, has directed that discreet investigation be carried out about their other nefarious activities at the end of which they would be arraigned in court,” he said.
He advised youths to shun crime and engage in legitimate businesses, saying the police were determined to prosecute unrepentant criminals in the state.