In a significant policy shift, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has decided to halt nighttime sting operations in all its commands.
This decision comes as part of a broader reevaluation of arrest and bail procedures.
The move was prompted by a recent high-profile arrest of 69 suspected internet fraudsters in Osun State.
Mr. Ola Olukoyede, the Chairman of the EFCC, issued the directive in Abuja on Wednesday, underlining the organization’s commitment to upholding the rule of law.
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The statement was released by Dele Oyewale, the Head of Media and Publicity for the EFCC.
It confirmed that many of the suspects apprehended by the Command had already been released, with the remaining profiles being processed promptly.
The change in approach followed the arrest of 69 individuals in Osun State by the Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC.
These arrests were the result of credible intelligence pointing to the suspects’ involvement in fraudulent internet-related activities.
During the operation, law enforcement authorities seized a notable number of assets, including luxurious cars, 190 mobile phones, and 40 laptops.
In response to the arrests, students from the Obafemi Awolowo University took to the streets, gathering outside the EFCC office to demand the release of their peers.
This public demonstration highlights the growing scrutiny of the EFCC’s activities and the importance of adhering to the rule of law in its operations.
The EFCC’s decision to discontinue nighttime sting operations represents a significant shift in their approach, aiming to ensure that suspects’ rights are respected and that law enforcement operations are conducted transparently and in accordance with established legal procedures.
The Commission remains steadfast in its commitment to combatting financial crimes while upholding the principles of justice and accountability.