The Punch

EFCC breaks into Lagos hotel, arrests 30 over fraud

- Deji Lambo

NO fewer than 30 suspects have been arrested by operatives of the economic and Financial Crimes Commission during a raid on Parktonian hotel in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

during the raid on Tuesday, the operatives were alleged to have gained entry into the occupants’ rooms by seizing the master cards from the management of the hotel at gunpoint.

When the operatives gained entry into the rooms, it was learnt that some of the occupants were naked under the duvet as the operatives interrogat­ed the occupants.

One of the victims, while lamenting the invasion, told the Peoples Gazette, “I was naked, and I had to beg them (for me) to put something on. I am actually hypertensi­ve, but I put myself together because I am not a criminal in any way.”

An eyewitness told the Peoples Gazette, “They broke into the hotel and threatened to shoot the receptioni­sts and management workers if they didn’t immediatel­y release the master access card to them. So, the hotel workers had to comply immediatel­y.”

According to the newspaper, it was learnt that no fewer than 13 guests were whisked away by the EFCC operatives during the raid.

during a telephone interview with a representa­tive of the Parktonian hotel, who simply identified himself as Christian, he told The PUNCH correspond­ent that he was not aware of the incident.

he said, “I am not in the right place to talk to you; it is the manager that can talk to you. I just resumed this evening; I have been off for some days and I just resumed today. I don’t know what you are talking about.”

however, when contacted, the spokespers­on for the EFCC, Wilson uwujaren, said the operatives acted on verified intelligen­ce targeted at suspects at Parktonian hotel, adding that 30 suspects were arrested during the raid.

he said, “Operatives of the economic and Financial Crimes Commission, acting on verified intelligen­ce, carried out a sting operation targeted at cybercrime suspects at Parktonian hotel in the Lekki area of Lagos State in the early hours of Tuesday.

“during the exercise, 30 suspects were arrested. Of this number, 24 have been establishe­d to be involved in internet-related fraud. The operation was executed without incident as the facility had been under surveillan­ce for weeks during which the commission was able to isolate the rooms where the suspects were lodged.

“Access to the rooms was seamless as the commission has standard procedure for accessing such facilities without applicatio­n of force or discomfort to guests. No guest of the hotel was molested.

“But the commission observes a disturbing trend in which cybercrime suspects now employ kept ladies who feign nakedness as a decoy to distract operatives of the commission to enable them to destroy incriminat­ing evidence before arrest.”

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