EFCC Releases 58 Out Of 70 Arrested OAU Students, Sparks Controversy

Unpacking the Midnight Raid and Its Aftermath

In a shocking turn of events, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) released 58 out of the 69 students from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, who were apprehended in a midnight raid that sent shockwaves through the academic community. Under the cover of darkness, EFCC officials stormed hostels located outside the campus, leading to a series of events that have ignited controversy and debate.

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The Midnight Raid


The night of November 1, 2023, will be etched in the memory of OAU students as a night of chaos and confusion. Around 2 a.m., EFCC officials conducted a surprise operation in the Fine Touch and Superb hostels in Oduduwa Estate, Ile-Ife. The operation was swift, involving breaking into rooms and detaining students, raising questions about the nature of the operation itself.

The Aftermath: Student Outrage

The abrupt arrests left students and onlookers in a state of shock. The National Association Of University Students (NAUS) didn’t mince words in condemning the actions of the EFCC. In a statement, NAUS questioned the process and actions of the commission, likening them to that of a “gang of thieves and burglars.” The NAUS leadership made it clear that the security and safety of students are of utmost importance and should not be compromised.

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EFCC’s Perspective

The EFCC, on the other hand, stated that the arrest was part of a broader operation targeting suspected internet fraudsters. According to the anti-graft agency, credible intelligence linked Oduduwa Estate with the activities of these individuals, prompting the arrests.

Releasing the Detainees

Despite the initial arrests that sent shockwaves through the student body, the EFCC confirmed the release of 58 out of the 69 detained students. This development marks a pivotal moment in this ongoing saga, but it leaves many questions unanswered.

Controversy, Questions, and the Quest for Clarity

The release of these students comes at a time when the controversy surrounding the EFCC’s actions is still very much alive. What led to the release? What will be the fate of the remaining students? These questions linger in the air, and the OAU community anxiously awaits clarity.

As the situation continues to unfold, Undergragra remains committed to reporting on developments and seeking answers in the quest for truth.


Ace aka Undergragra is a Computer Engineering Student in the Federal University Oye-Ekiti. He is a passionate teacher,writer,educational consultant and educational informant.
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