There was heightened tension in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, after Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) laid siege to hostels, arresting more than 70 students.

How EFCC Officials Stormed OAU, Arrest Over 70 Students
OAU students at EFCC office after the arrest

Reports obtained on Wednesday revealed that the anti-graft agency officials raided the hostels located outside the campus at midnight.

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Various sources in Ile-Ife disclosed that the officials, at approximately 2:00 a.m., conducted a raid on the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife.

The Arrest

They forced their way into the student’s rooms and apprehended the students indiscriminately.

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Reasons for the arrest have not been confirmed as of the time of filing this report.

OAU Students’ Union President, Abass Ojo, however, said the union had details of “72 students picked up from the hostel with phones and cars taken away.”

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A former union official, Joy Abiola, also told journalists that the students were beaten.

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“The EFCC officials came between 1:40 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. Only students stay in those hostels,” Joy said, adding: “How can you arrest people for owning iPhones, laptops, and cars?”

Wrong Approach

Another student, identified simply as Ewatee, said: “Female students were among those picked up. Even some fresh students who just went to greet their senior colleagues were arrested. The approach is wrong”.

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In a video shared online by a student, a group of young individuals, reportedly students of the hostel, were observed being escorted into a white Hummer Bus by security officials who were seen forcefully urging them to enter swiftly.

In a separate video, approximately six vehicles were observed travelling alongside the white Hummer Bus.

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Departure

According to students, these officials were departing from the Ile-Ife region and heading towards Ibadan.

When contacted, Olumide Egbodofo, the head of the Public Affairs Department of the EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Command, said that an update regarding the incident would be provided.

“A press statement will be released regarding that soon,” the spokesperson added.

Also, the phone line of the university’s spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, was unreachable as of press time.

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