Sun. May 16th, 2021

Comedian, 34 Others In EFCC Net Over Alleged Internet Fraud

Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, A.k.A Pankeeroy,

Comedian, 34 Others In EFCC Net Over Alleged Internet Fraud

An Instagram comedian and social media influencer, Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, popularly known as Pankeeroy, alongside 34 others, are currently being hosted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over alleged  alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.

Pankeeroy and others were picked up at their operational base the Lagos.Operatives of the antigraft agency on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Others arrested with the comedian are:  Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka AnieboRichard, Nwagbo Chidera Oliver, Dibo Ayomide Samson, Rotimi Segun Damilola, Habeeb Banire Damilola, Afolabi Bolutife Michael, Adekanbi Elijah Adeola, Emeka Christian Egwuatu, Adeyemi Adedamola Olumide, Awokoya Moyosore Iyaniwura, Efunnuga Dmilola Samuel, Samson Makinde Egwuatu, Gbemileke Jide Simeon,Omoyemi Fashola Owolabi, and Farouk Ibiwoye Olatunde.

Others include; Orapitan Yomi Segun, Oladunjoye Taiwo Olawale, Ibrahim Ajani Olanrewaju, Wasiu Olamilekan Sola, Olamiposi Toheeb Damilola, Isieq Qudus Olamilekan, Abel Ndubuisi Junior, Emmanuel Nonso Martins,Timilehin Oladipo Jesse, Kelvin Okpere Kendal, Omotola Oluwatobi Emmanuel, Rasaq Toyosi Farouq, Oyelere Olawale Shakiru, Timileyin Odeyemi Damilare, Kelly John Nwanou, Adedeji Emmanuel Olayinka, Balogun Subomi Ibrahim and Makinde Adewale Benjamin.

A statement issued by the agency’s Media and publicity department, stated that all the Suspects were arrested at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence received about their alleged criminal activities.

The statement also stated that until his arrest, Chidera claimed to have gone into Bitcoin scam after he suffered depression, had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin vouchers using the bitcoincoretrading.com platform to defraud his unsuspecting victims.

The statement further reads that “Investigations revealed that one of the suspects, Christian, allegedly defrauded an aged Asian-American lady of over $475, 000 (Four Hundred and Seventy -Five Thousand US Dollars).

“In his statement to the Commission, Christian confessed to have been posing as one Dave Federick, a 58- year- old United States national on a mission in Syria, in order to lure his unsuspecting victims and defraud them of their hard-earned money.

“Upon his arrest, a Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36 million was recovered from him.

“Investigations also revealed that the suspect has N22. 3 million, worth of Bitcoin in his blocked chain account.

“Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, Iphones, laptop computers, Android devices and Macbook devices”.

The agency said all the suspects will soon be charged to court.