In a recent operation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested over 50 suspected Internet fraudsters, including a groom-to-be, during a raid on two nightclubs in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.

The arrests took place in the early hours of Saturday at nightclubs located in the Alagbaka Government Reservation Area (GRA).

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According to sources, EFCC operatives arrived in marked vehicles and began shooting into the air, causing panic among clubgoers. Many people, including security personnel, were injured in the chaos.

During the raid, the EFCC confiscated several vehicles, laptops, and phones, and also removed CCTV cameras from the club premises.

Among those arrested was a groom-to-be who was celebrating his bachelor’s eve with friends at one of the clubs.

In response to the incident, the EFCC clarified that the operation was conducted based on thorough intelligence gathering.

The agency stated that the raid was aimed at rounding up internet fraudsters who were holding a party at the club. The suspects are currently in custody in Ibadan, undergoing profiling.

Meanwhile, Hon. Abiola Makinde, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights and Member representing Ondo East/West Federal Constituency, condemned the raid, describing it as an invasion of the privacy of innocent citizens.

He emphasized the need for the EFCC to conduct its operations with respect for human rights and the law.

Makinde also announced that he would engage the State Director of the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the matter and ensure that any violations are addressed appropriately.