The United States has praised Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for apprehending a Nigerian man who had been on the FBI’s wanted list for alleged $100 million wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft.
The EFCC announced the arrest of the man, Osondu Victor Igwilo, at a studio in the Sangotedo area of Lagos, Nigeria’s south-west, in a statement on Monday.
According to the EFCC, Mr Igwilo, 42, was arrested on March 11 alongside Okafor Nnamdi Chris, Nwodu Uchenna Emmanuel, and John Anazo Achukwu.
Mr Igwilo has been on the FBI’s watch list since 2018, according to the anti-graft agency.
“Prior to their arrest, Igwilo and his associates were allegedly involved in an advance-fee scheme that involved false promises of investment funding by individuals who impersonated some United States of America, USA, bank officials in person and over the internet,” according to the anti-corruption agency.
“Following an investigation, it was discovered that those who were victims of the suspects’ criminal activities were required to make certain payments before receiving their funds.”
“It was also revealed that the scheme’s proceeds were allegedly laundered through US bank accounts before being returned to the alleged perpetrators in Nigeria.”
“As a result of a criminal complaint filed against him in the United States District Court, Houston, Texas in December 2016,” the statement continued, “Igwilo was placed on the FBI watch list.”
Mr Igwilo’s five houses in desirable areas of Lagos have been reclaimed, according to the EFCC.
“The suspects will be charged in court soon,” the statement said.
U.S government congratulates EFCC
Immediately after the EFCC announced Mr Osondu Victor Igwilo’s arrest, the US Mission in Nigeria issued a congratulatory statement to the anti-corruption agency.
“With Justice as our mutual priority, we congratulate @officialEFCC for partnering with the @FBI & arresting long-time wanted suspect Igwilo for fraud conspiracy, money laundering and aggravated identity theft,” the U.S Mission said in a Twitter post, Monday.
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