The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has expressed its concern over the court indictment of 80 Nigerians in different parts of the United States.
The indicted persons have been accused of money laundering and massive email fraud. The NIDCOM, in a statement released on Friday, said the accusation did not mean guilt and they sincerely hoped that all the accused would be given a fair and swift trial.
Chairman/CEO of the commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has encouraged those accused in Nigeria to turn themselves in voluntarily to the U.S. authorities so as to clear their names.
She, like other Nigerian officials, is bothered about such actions which ultimately have a negative impact on the image of the country. But she maintains that these people do not represent Nigeria as a whole.
On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted 80 defendants, mainly Nigerian nationals, for participating in a massive conspiracy to steal millions of dollars through various means, including fraudulent schemes and laundering the funds through a Los Angeles-based money laundering network.
Investigations are still ongoing by the FBI to bring the network perpetuating such crimes to justice.