The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, also known as Pankeeroy, a prominent Instagram star.
Pankeeroy, who has over 500,000 Instagram followers, was arrested in Lagos State along with 34 others for suspected computer-related theft.
He was apprehended by EFCC operatives from the Lagos Zonal Office, according to the EFCC.
They were apprehended on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos, after the Commission obtained confirmed information about suspected illegal activities.
Chidera has been posing as a merchant who redeems bitcoin vouchers using the bitcoincoretrading.com website to defraud his unsuspecting victims before his arrest. He said he got into Bitcoin scam after suffering from depression.
A Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36, 000,000 was seized from him after his detention.
The defendant still has N22, 300,000 worth of Bitcoin in his blockchain account, according to the investigation.
Exotic motorcycles, iPhones, notebook computers, Android devices, and Macbook devices were among the items seized from the perpetrators.
Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka AnieboRichard, Dibo Ayomide Samson, Rotimi Segun Damilola, Habeeb Banire Damilola, Afolabi Bolutife Michael, and Adekanbi Elijah Adeola are some of the other suspects arrested alongside Pankeeroy.
According to the EFCC, the suspects will be tried in court shortly.
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