Popular Instagram comedian and social media influencer, Nwagbo Oliver Chidera also known as Pankeeroy, has regained freedom after five weeks in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
KanyiDaily recalls that the EFCC had arrested Pankeeroy on April 22, over his alleged involvement in ‘Bitcoin scam,’ an illicit act he said he started after falling into depression.
According to the EFCC, the comedian had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin vouchers using the bitcoincoretrading.com platform to defraud his unsuspecting victims.
However, in a statement released by his legal team after he was released on Friday, May 28, Pankeeroy said there was no petition against him prior to his arrest.
“It is worthy to state that there was no form of petition against our client and as such, implied that no crime in whatever form was perpetrated against any person(s), company, or establishment by our client,” the statement partly reads.
They stated further that Pankeeroy was arrested based on discreet information that he is an enthusiast of digital currencies in 2020 during the heat of COVID-19.
He thanked his fans for the love and support received and restated his commitment to living a crime-free life, the statement noted.
KanyiDaily had also reported how another Instagram Celebrity, Linus Williams Ifejika, popularly known as Bitcoin Lord, was arrested by the EFCC in Enugu.