The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives have arrested a Nigerian fraudster, Osondu Igwilo, who has been on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) since 2018.
Osondu Igwilo Arrested By EFCC
In a statement on Monday, March 14, the anti-graft agency said Igwilo, an alleged leader of a criminal network, was apprehended with three other suspects in Lagos on March 11.
Igwilo, 55, and the suspects – Okafor Nnamdi Chris, Nwodu Uchenna Emmanuel and John Anazo Achukwu – are said to be involved in money laundering and identity theft to the tune of $100 million.
The statement reads, “Fifty-two-year-old Igwilo, who is the alleged leader of a criminal network of ‘catchers’ was arrested alongside Okafor Nnamdi Chris, Nwodu Uchenna Emmanuel and John Anazo Achukwu at a studio in the Sangotedo area of Lagos for alleged fraud, money laundering and identity theft to the tune of about $100m.
“Before their arrest, Igwilo and his accomplices had allegedly been involved in an advance-fee scheme that involved false promises of investment funding by individuals who impersonated some United States of America, USA, bank officials in person and via the internet.
“Investigation revealed that those who fell victims to the suspects’ criminal activities were asked to make certain payments before they could receive their funding.
“It was also revealed that proceeds of the scheme were allegedly laundered through U.S. bank accounts and diverted back to the alleged perpetrators in Nigeria.
“Consequently, Igwilo was placed on the FBI watch list, following a criminal complaint filed against him in the United States District Court, Houston, Texas in December 2016.”
The EFCC said five houses have been recovered from Igwilo in Lagos, adding that the suspects will be charged to court soon.
US Embassy Reacts To Arrest Of Osondu Igwilo
Reacting on its Twitter page, the US mission in Nigeria has congratulated EFCC on the arrest.
“With Justice as our mutual priority, we congratulate @officialEFCC for partnering with the @FBI & arresting long-time wanted suspect Igwilo for fraud conspiracy, money laundering and aggravated identity theft,” the mission wrote.
With Justice as our mutual priority, we congratulate @officialEFCC for partnering with the @FBI & arresting long-time wanted suspect Igwilo for fraud conspiracy, money laundering and aggravated identity theft. pic.twitter.com/iLTWuQ98MO
— U.S. Mission Nigeria (@USinNigeria) March 14, 2022
KanyiDaily recalls that the EFCC had recently arrested 29 suspected internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys, in Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State.