(PULSE NG) Some Nigerians have tackled the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for arresting a 21-year-old student of the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Yaba, Lagos, Obiechina (surname withheld), for defrauding a Briton of N16.4 million in a Facebook love scam.
Obiechina is believed to have met Briton, Kieran Oakes, on Facebook and pretending to be an American businessman named Lisa Jackson.
EFCC Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspect then fleeced the love-struck woman of the total sum of £54,000, promising to marry her.
But, realising that Obiechina is a scammer, Oakes alerted the EFCC and he was nabbed in a sting operation.
Surprisingly, the overwhelming opinion on Facebook is that the student should be set free, because what he did is not a crime.
Here is a sample of comments [some spellings edited]:
“Did he take the money from Nigeria resources or from a woman from UK, useless EFCC. You will not arrest our Senator that loot billions with pen,” Azubuike Italo.
“Free this young guy, this is payback time to the western world because they have collected all our gold etc in terms of religion, also as a slavery trade. Come EFCC, beware and be warned,” Beston Kaspar Chidi.
“This organisation set up by the Obasanjo regime has failed again. Did he steal with a Gun? EFCC ARE THE WORST ARMED ROBBERS HAVE EVER SEEN,” Osunde Bassey Harrison.
“I say i love you, you say you love me….you give me money, where the scam come enter? EFCC no get work at all!!”Cletus Nathaniel.