It is typical in Nigeria, the world sneezes and we get into action. Yes, FBI arrested some idiots on digital frauds – and EFCC, Nigeria’s financial crime fighter, woke up. Over the last few days, EFCC had recorded a decent success rate on picking alleged fraudsters across Nigeria.
My question is thus: why did EFCC wait this long before picking these men if the process is this easy? Why did they wait for Nigeria to be embarrassed before breaking the syndicates. From the success so far, after the FBI list, it is evident that EFCC could have saved Nigeria this shame.
They have picked suspects from Ekiti state, Kwara state, Imo state, Rivers state, and across the nation sustaining the federal character: ”The official said the commission is assisting the U.S. authorities in unraveling the syndicate.” Possibly, these suspects will join their brethren in U.S jails as they wait their days in courts.
He explained that the suspect, Ajayi Festus, was arrested in Ado-Ekiti following an alleged illicit transaction through his Nigerian bank amounting to N223 million.
”You will recall the shock and embarrassment we all suffered as a people when the news about the indictment of 80 Nigerians in massive cybercrime cases investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) of the United State was broken last week.
Nigeria deserves institutions that work proactively over these knew-jerk reactive processes we see daily. Largely, EFCC did have enough intelligence to have broken most of the operations but nothing happened. If they could make these arrests in just a week, imagine if they work on that construct 52 weeks in a year. Possibly, internet fraud will go because the men will know that Nigeria cannot host them!
They are fleeing from EFCC and Nigeria; EFCC should pursue them.
Days after the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, vowed to fish out Nigerians indicted in the recent United States wire scam,Saturday Sun has learnt that most of the young men with questionable source of living are currently on the run. While many have gone underground, those with the means have fled to some West African nations and even beyond the sub-region to evade arrest.