According to the FBI, the 13 Nigerian nationals are among the 24 suspects that were recently arrested by federal agents for their involvement in the large-scale fraud which targeted citizens, corporations, and financial institutions throughout the country.
A statement issued the US department of justice revealed that the suspects had been charged to a federal court in Atlanta.
A breakdown of the thirteen Nigerians arrested shows that seven are Yoruba while six are Igbo. They include:
- Blessing Oluwatimilehin Ojo
- Afeez Olaide Adeniran
- Matthan Bolaji Ibidapo
- Obinna Nwosu
- Benjamin Ibukunoluwa Oye
- Christopher Akinwande Awonuga
- Ahamefule Aso Odus
- Paul Chinonso Anyanwu
- Chineda Obilom Nwakadu
- Chukwukadibia Ikechukwu Nnadozie
- Uchechi Chidimma Odus
- John Ifeoluwa Onimole
- Oluwafunmilade Onamuti
KanyiDaily recalls that in August, 2019, the FBI arrested also about 80 Nigerians for their alleged involvement in cyber crimes in the United States.
American authorities unsealed a 252-count grand jury indictment, charging the suspects in an operation that procured at least $46m from victims of internet scam jobs.