Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arrested Joseph Oyediran, one of the wanted fraudsters on the list released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The commission took to its twitter handle to announce the arrest of the suspect whom they said was the mastermind of a N60 million fraud.
The commission wrote: “One of the internet fraudsters wanted by the FBI, Joseph Oyediran, arrested by EFCC operatives in Ilorin, Kwara State. Head, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office, Isyaku Sharu, disclosed this at a press conference to give update on EFCC/FBI collaboration against internet fraud.”
Earlier on Friday, the Zonal Head of the EFCC in Ilorin, Isyaka Sharu while briefing newsmen in Ilorin, said that the commission had been supportive of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other anti graft agencies tackling financial crimes.
“Three weeks ago, the US authority had written to us for assistance in tracking as well as possible arrest and prosecution of two most wanted FBI suspects in Nigeria,” Sharu said.
The FBI in collaboration with the EFCC had indicted 78 Nigerians in the United States for involvement in internet fraud and cybercrime, fleecing victims of millions of dollars.
Sharu said investigation conducted revealed that the suspect arrested in Ilorin had benefited to the tune of N60 million from the loot through Western Union transfers, having collaborated with those arrested in the United States.
He also said that within seven months of operation, the Ilorin Zonal Office had independently arrested no fewer than 50 other suspected internet fraudsters.
#Alert One of the internet fraudsters wanted by the FBI, Joseph Oyediran, arrested by EFCC operatives in Ilorin, Kwara State. Head, EFCC Ilorin Zonal Office, Isyaku Sharu, disclosed this at a press conference to give update on EFCC/FBI collaboration against internet fraud. pic.twitter.com/RH5Diidq5y— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) August 30, 2019