EFCC discovered N223m Inside The Bank Account Of A Yahoo Boy In Ekiti
The economic and financial Crimes commission stated it has traced N223million in illicit transactions in the bank account of the arrested Ekiti internet fraudster, Ajayi Gbenga Festus.
The Ibadan Zonal Head of the anti-graft agency, Mr Friday Ebelo made the disclosure on Wednesday through a press conference at its Iyaganku, Ibadan zonal office .
He said Festus was working in cahoot with other cyber criminals abroad, in what Ebelo described as highly sophisticated web of a conspiracy designed to illegally access accounts of individuals and organisations to defraud them of their money.
He said illicit transactions made through Festus’ Nigerian bank accounts amounted to N223million, noting that the suspect serves as a conduit pipe through which proceeds of crime reach members of the syndicate.
Ebelo used the possibility of the press briefing to advise the eighty Nigerians indicted by the FBI in cybercrime cases to come out of their hiding and clean their names before EFCC operatives get to them.
He said its operatives will arrest the ones within Nigeria, including that the operatives have all started a background check on the suspects.
Ebelo stated at the beginning of the year, the Ibadan Zonal office of EFCC arrested 263 suspects for cybercrime associated offences out of which 111 had been convicted and sentenced to numerous jail terms.
The sector additionally recovered money, consisting of landed properties, vehicles, laptops, phones and so on from the scammers.
Ebelo put the recovered monies at N7,461,378, US$56,452; 400 Canadian bucks, 65 kilos and 2,400 Euros, noting that the EFCC is in steady collaboration with global agencies with a common aim, in particular the FBI in efforts to cut back net crimes and illicit finances transfer.
On Tuesday, the EFCC acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu also disclosed that the collaboration among the commission and the Federal Bureau of investigation, FBI, has brought the recovery of cash worth $314,000 and approximately N373 million from internet scammers.
“nine of the suspects are currently undergoing trial, at the same time five are still under investigations.
“Over 80 cases are under investigation from the EFCC-FBI joint operations,” Magu said.