EFCC Arrests Over 70 OAU Students in Midnight Raid: In a surprise midnight operation, officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The raid occurred at the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, outside the campus. While the reasons for the arrests remain unclear, reports suggest that students were taken into custody for allegedly owning iPhones, laptops, and cars. Witnesses described the forceful entry into rooms and physical abuse of the students. Videos circulating online show students being escorted into a white Hummer Bus

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In the early hours of Wednesday morning, officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) apprehended more than 70 students from Obafemi Awolowo University, situated in Ile-Ife, Osun State. The incident unfolded during a surprise midnight raid conducted at the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife, located just outside the university campus. According to various sources in Ile-Ife, the EFCC operatives forcefully entered rooms and detained the students.

As of press time, the specific reasons behind these arrests remain unconfirmed. However, Students’ Union President, Abass Ojo, stated that the union had received information about 72 students being seized from the hostels, with their phones and cars confiscated. Disturbingly, Joy Abiola, a former union official, revealed that the students were subjected to physical abuse during the operation. Expressing disbelief over the situation, Joy questioned the rationale behind arresting individuals merely for possessing iPhones, laptops, and cars.

Some of the students present during the incident, highlighted the injustice of the situation, noting that female students and even newcomers who were simply visiting their senior colleagues were among those detained. Ewatee criticized the authorities for their questionable approach to handling the matter.

A video captured by one of the students depicted a distressing scene where young individuals, purportedly students from the hostels, were being forcefully escorted into a white Hummer Bus by security officials. The footage revealed security personnel hitting and instructing the students to move quickly. Another video showed the white Hummer Bus accompanied by approximately six other vehicles, all in motion, indicating the departure of the officials and the detained students from the Ile-Ife area, headed towards Ibadan.

In response to inquiries, Olumide Egbodofo, the head of Public Affairs Department at the EFCC Ibadan Zonal Command, assured that an official update on the incident would be provided, leaving the public awaiting further information about this troubling event.

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