The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released 58 out of the 69 Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) students who were taken into custody earlier in a controversial midnight raid.
The release comes amid growing controversy and criticism surrounding the circumstances of their arrest.
The initial arrest took place in the early hours of Wednesday as EFCC officials conducted a midnight raid on student hostels located outside the OAU campus.
The raid, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m., targeted the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife.
The National Association Of University Students (NAUS) was quick to condemn the arrest of these students.
In a statement jointly signed by its National Director of Security and Safety, Eruobami Ayobami; Deputy National President, Babalola Daniel; and the Vice Chairman of NAUS in the state, Akinyemi Hammed, they criticized the EFCC’s actions, likening them to those of “a gang of thieves and burglars.”
In response to the controversy, the EFCC released a statement justifying the arrests.
According to the anti-graft agency, they arrested a total of 69 OAU Students suspected of involvement in internet-related fraud activities.