One of the internet fraudsters wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Joseph Oyediran has been captured.
The suspect who is wanted as part of an international crackdown on a syndicate of cyber criminals has been captured by the operatives of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office in Kwara State.
This was revealed by the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Ilorin, Isyaku Sharu on August 30, 2019 while at the press conference to give reports on the EFCC/FBI collaboration in the fight against internet fraud and cyber crime.
“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 by the EFCC revealed that Joseph had benefited about N60 million from the loot via western union transfers.”
He stressed that the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu has expressed resolve to ensure that the anti-graft agency effectively coordinates the Nigerian end of the investigation with the FBI and other partner international law enforcement agencies involved in the worldwide crackdown down on internet fraud.
He further remarked that within seven months of its actions in Ilorin, the EFCC has improved efforts to rid the country of cybercrime resulting in the arrest of up to 50 persons involved in internet fraud.
“We have also secured the conviction of 25 of them, recovered exotic cars from them, which were proceeds of their illegal activities,” he said, figuring that money recovered from them running into millions of naira were forfeited to the Federal Government.
He also disclosed that some property linked to some of the cybercrime suspects, were traced to choice areas in Ekiti State.
“They include supermarket, plaza, and so on, and the conservative value of the property cannot be less than N800 million to N1 billion,” he said.