By Mujidat Oyewole
The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Oyediran Joseph, 36 in Ilorin for alleged N60 million fraud.
This was disclosed by the zonal head of EFCC in Ilorin, Mr Isyaka Sharu during the second press briefing in Ilorin on Wednesday.
The zonal head said that the commission has been supportive to the activities of FBI and every other foreign counterpart whose responsibility is similar or analogous to the commission.
“Three weeks ago, the US authority had written to us for assistance in tracking and possible arrest and prosecution of two most wanted FBI suspects in Nigeria
“Investigation conducted revealed that Joseph had benefited about N60 million from the loot via western union transfers,” he said.
Sharu said that within seven months of operation, the Ilorin Zonal office has independently arrested over 50 suspected internet fraudsters, secured conviction of 25, and got forfeiture of their exotic cars.
He said that the money acquired from the fraudsters was millions of naira and all had been given to federal government.
The zonal head said that four properties was linked to some of these cybercrime suspects, located in choice areas in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state.
The properties include super market, plaza, and so on, and the conservative value of these properties cannot be less than N800 million to N1 billion.
Sharu said that the nation depends on the vibrancy of the economy, which is a common denominator binding Nigeria together, and business worldwide are being conducted through the medium of cyber.
He said that there is need for Nigerians to come together in fighting the scourge of internet fraud and cybercrime with a view to make the cyber space well-fortified, so that foreign investors can invest to further boost our economy,” he said. (NAN)
NAN reports that EFCC in collaboration with Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested 78 Nigerians in the United State of America for involving in internet fraud and cybercrime, amounting to millions US dollars.