Why We Raided Lekki Parktonian Hotel – EFCC Story

Within the early hours of Tuesday July 13, 2021, a staff of operatives from the Lagos Zonal Workplace of the Fee, performing on verified intelligence on the actions of a suspected syndicate of web fraudsters carried out an operation at Parktonian Resort within the Lekki space of Lagos.

In the course of the sting operation which was the fruits of weeks of surveillance throughout which the rooms occupied by the suspects have been recognized, 30 suspects have been arrested with 24 of them already confessing involvement in cybercrimes and associated actions.

There was no incident because the resort administration served with the related Warrant provided entry to the operatives, to hold out their lawful duties.

Nonetheless, in the midst of the operation, the operatives encountered girls in a few of the rooms who pleaded nudity to cease them from arresting their targets. This has these days turn out to be the antics of cyber fraudsters who procure women to plead nudity as a decoy, to permit their consort destroy incriminating gadgets of their gadgets earlier than arrest.

The Fee won’t fall for such gimmick which is meant to forestall it from finishing up its lawful duties.

It should nevertheless be acknowledged for emphasis, that there was no break in, no molestation and no violence of any form throughout the operation.

But a piece of the media, particularly the net publication, Folks Gazette and the Punch Newspaper, which lapped up Folks Gazette’s report hook line and sinker, introduced a story of gestapo operation, with forceful break in and the violation of the privateness of nude visitors.

Curiously, a typical thread to the report is attribution to faceless sources. It’s curious that residents whose proper to privateness had been so blatantly violated as claimed, could be hesitant to publicly talk about their ordeal. Much more worrisome is the truth that a accountable publication just like the Punch Newspaper didn’t trouble to hold out a fact-check on the allegations of break in and violence however merely regurgitated the false narrative of Folks Gazette.

Additionally, from the 2 reviews, each the resort proprietor and his supervisor have been quoted as refusing to talk on the operation. However the declare is clearly a sport of ostrich as their involvement in pushing out the false narrative is discernible. The resort proprietor maybe is blind to the truth that he may turn out to be an confederate and accountable for permitting his premises for use for cybercrime, in contravention of part 3 of the Advance Charge Fraud and Different Fraud Associated Offences Act. The part offers that, a “one that, being the occupier or is anxious within the administration of any premises, causes or knowingly permits the premises for use for any goal which constitutes an offence underneath this Act is responsible of an offence and liable on conviction to imprisonment for a time period of not lower than 5 years with out the choice of a fantastic”.

The Fee warns hoteliers from permitting their premises and amenities to turn out to be havens for cybercrime.

Adherence to the rule of regulation stays a core precept moderating the actions of the EFCC and the Govt Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa has repeatedly mentioned the company underneath his watch won’t deviate from the norm.