The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared the commencement of a massive manhunt for the Nigerians indicted by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for a range of fraudulent cases in the US.
According to reports, the fraudsters in the recently released indictment list are majorly based in Nigeria. They were involved in a series of well coordinated cybercrimes, swindling foreigners of billions of dollars in a span of six months.
The information which led to the FBI compiling the list was obtained from victims in the United States and other parts of the world.
The acting chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ibrahim Magu, addressed newsmen at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja on Friday where he informed them that the agency would be collaborating with the FBI in two entwined operations tagged Operation ‘Wire-wire’ and Operation ‘Rewire’ which commenced in 2018 and is aimed at containing cybercrime.
“We will investigate it and we will leave no stone unturned. We will go after those who collaborated with the ones in the US and they will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” Magu said.
“We work with FBI in Lagos. We carried out operation wire-wire and the FBI mentioned in their press statement that we are one of the agencies working with them and it was successful.”
Magu added that the government had mandated the agency to investigate the failed gas power project contract between Nigeria and Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), as a court in Britain ruled the lawsuit in favour of P&ID. This means that Nigeria would pay a severance fee of $9.9 billion to the affected company for breaching of a billion dollar contract.