Arrest of 77 Nigerians: American FBI yet to communicate with EFCC

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is yet to communicate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the arrest of 77 Nigerians over alleged financial crimes and money laundering, Sunday Tribune has gathered.

However, the EFCC maintained that it has an existing collaboration with the American agency, but added that it was yet to get details of the sleaze from the FBI.

The FBI had on Thursday released a list of the suspected fraudsters arrested in connection with cyber crimes and money laundering.

US attorney, Nick Hanna, revealed that the American agency began probe into the criminal activities of the suspects, some of whom are still in Nigeria, in 2016.

They were accused of duping some unsuspecting people of their hard-earned money, with $6 million found to be fraudulently transferred and an attempted theft of about $40 million.

However, EFCC Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, stated on Friday that the anti-corruption commission had collaborated with the FBI in bursting some wire crime suspects in an operation code named “Wire Wire”.

He stated that neither the American government nor the FBI had contacted EFCC, adding that the commission was yet to get details of the latest arrests.

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