By Sadiq Umar – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is collating comprehensive data on Nigerians indicted in the recently busted money laundering and cybercrime offences in the United States.
The exercise is part of a collaborative efforts between the EFCC and the FBI.
EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, quoted the chairman, Ibrahim Magu as saying this at an event in Ibadan.
Mr. Uwujaren, explained that Mr. Magu was represented by EFCC Head of Ibadan Zonal office, Friday Ebelo at the event.
He said that the 80 suspects, most of whom are Nigerians, were allegedly involved in the crimes investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.
“The massive data collection was part of the collaborative activities between the EFCC and FBI to ensure that criminal elements are exposed and made to pay for their crimes,” he said.
He said that in the course of the year, the Ibadan zonal office arrested 263 suspects for cybercrimes out of which 111 have been convicted.
He said that apart from landed properties, vehicles, laptops and other valuables forfeited on the order of court, huge sums of money in local and foreign currencies traced to internet fraud were also recovered.