The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a popular Instagram comedian, Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, better known as Pankeeroy, for his alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.
Pankeeroy, with over 500,000 followers on Instagram, was arrested with 34 other suspected fraudsters by operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the commission.
EFCC said the suspects were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos following verified intelligence received by the Commission over alleged criminal activities.
Until his arrest, Chidera, who 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.
A Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36, 000,000 was recovered from him upon his arrest, and investigations by the EFCC revealed that the suspect has N22,300,000 worth of Bitcoin in his blockchain account.
Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, Iphones, laptop computers, Android devices and Macbook devices.
Names of some other suspects arrested along with Pankeeroy are: Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka AnieboRichard, Dibo Ayomide Samson, Rotimi Segun Damilola, Habeeb Banire Damilola, Afolabi Bolutife Michael, and Adekanbi Elijah Adeola among others.
The suspects will soon be charged to court, according to the EFCC.
KanyiDaily had also reported how another Instagram Celebrity, Linus Williams Ifejika, popularly known as Bitcoin Lord, was arrested by the EFCC in Enugu.