The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has urged hotels across the country to stop aiding internet fraudsters.

The agency’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, mentioned in a statement on Wednesday, that owners could become criminally liable for letting their premises to be used for cybercrime.

However, he mentioned that that this is a contravention of the Advance Fee Fraud Act which on conviction could lead to a five-year term in prison without the option of a fine.

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“The Commission warns hoteliers from allowing their premises and facilities to become havens for cybercrime,” he said.

The operatives found their way into the occupants’ rooms by allegedly seizing the master cards from the management of the hotel at gunpoint in order to arrest the suspects.

It was also gathered that some of the occupants were literally naked under the duvet cover while the invation was ongoing.

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Uwujaren dismissed the allegations that the operatives invaded the privacy of guests and conducted illegal checks. He said EFCC was acting on verified intelligence on the activities of a suspected syndicate of internet fraudsters.

According to him, the hotel had been under surveillance, and that only the rooms of identified suspects were breached by operatives, with no break-in or violence involved.

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He noted that 24 of the 30 people arrested have already confessed their involvement in cyber crimes and related activities.

“There was no incident as the hotel management served with the relevant warrant offered access to the operatives, to carry out their lawful duties,” he said.

 

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