EFCC arrests suspect wanted by FBI over alleged $6m fraud

EFCC arrests suspect wanted by FBI over alleged $6m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is now in the custody of Felix Okpoh, who was declared wanted by the U.S Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) over alleged fraud.

Okpoh is wanted by the FBI for alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme; that allegedly defrauded more than 70 different businesses in the United States of six million dollars (N2.79 billion).

A spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, September 22, that Okpoh turned himself in to the anti-graft agency on Sept. 18.

Okpoh, alongside Richard Uzuh, Alex Ogunshakin, Abiola Kayode and Nnamdi Benson were declared wanted by the FBI sometime in 2019.

“They allegedly defrauded over 70 businesses in the United States, of over six million dollars,” he said.

Uwujaren said that Okpoh allegedly provided over 40 bank accounts; and conspired with others to receive fraudulent wire transfers from their victims totaling over one million US dollars.

Okpoh was, on Aug. 21, 2019, indicted in the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

“He turned himself in to EFCC Lagos Zonal Office in the company of his parents on Sept. 18, 2020,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday, September 22, explained that the former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole; and a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu pose a big danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

Obaseki further implored Nigerians to reject the ‘dangerous’ duo as he alleges they are liable to impede the nation’s democratic progress.

The governor stated this on Tuesday during an interview with ARISE Television.

1st News had reported that Obaseki was declared the winner of the last Saturday governorship election in Edo State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday.

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Prior to the election, the APC disqualified Obaseki from participating in its governorship election.

He later defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); under which platform he sought for re-election and won.

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