The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 27 suspected operators of illegal financial institutions popularly known as wonder banks.
The suspects were raided and arrested from different locations within Ibadan, Oyo State.
In the net of the anti-graft agency are Olayeni Oladokun Samuel, Managing Director of Unlimited Grace Investment Limited and ten members of his staff, Chris N. Igbinake of Grooming Centre and four of his staff; and Akanbi Oluwakemi of Grace & Mercy Households Improvement Initiative and four of her staff.
Other suspects include workers of Sobic Financial & Investment Consultant.
They are Awokunle Olukemi, Sikiru Obadara, Olasunkanmi Michael, Adeoti Adegboyega, Oyewusi Esther and Ojekunle Victor Olukayode.
The suspects have volunteered useful information to the operatives of the commission in their quest to unravel the extent of their activities.
Investigations, however, have revealed that none of the arrested illegal financial institutions allegedly registered with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) before embarking on financial transactions with the members of the public.
They allegedly give loans to innocent and unsuspecting members of the public who register with them after 10 per cent deposit of the total loan sum and charge 15 to 20 per cent interest on all the loans granted to them.
It was also gathered that these companies have branches in and outside Oyo with thousands of customers spread across Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, and Kwara State.
At the point of arrest, several copies of hand flyers for advertisement of their activities and laptops were recovered from them.
The commission said they would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.