EFCC arrests one of the FBI’s most wanted wire fraud suspects in Ilorin

Yusuf Bello|

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday said it has arrested Oyediran Joseph, one of the “most wanted” internet fraudsters recently declared wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Sharu Isyaku, zonal head of the commission, Sharu Isyaku made the disclosure at a press briefing in Ilorin, Kwara state.

According to him, the suspect illegally benefited about N60 million via Western Union Transfer.

Isyaku said, “Just last three weeks, the US authority had written to us for assistance in tracking and possible arrest and
prosecution of two most wanted FBI suspects in Nigeria.”

“The Commission acceded to their request. The Commission has been supportive of the activities of the FBI and every other foreign counterpart whose responsibility is similar or analogous to ours.”

Isyaku further stated that the anti-crime agency had independently arrested over 57 internet fraud suspects in the zone and traced four properties valued at about N1.8bn linked to some cyber crime suspects in choice areas at Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State in the last seven months.

He said, “Within seven months of our operation, the Ilorin zonal office has independently arrested over 58 suspected internet
fraudsters, secured conviction of 25 and got forfeiture of their exotic cars and money running into millions of Naira.”

The arrest of Oyediran comes one week after the FBI released a list of 77 Nigerians said to be involved in internet fraud in the US.

Oyediran, was, however, not among the 77 suspects declared wanted the US authorities.

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