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EFCC arrests Instagram comedian, Pankeeroy, 34 others over alleged internet fraud



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested Instagram comedian and social media Influencer, Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, better known as Pankeeroy, alongside 34 others over alleged computer-related fraud in Lagos State.

The 35 suspects were paraded on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

A statement by EFCC on Thursday, said Pankeeroy and the others were arrested on Wednesday, April 21, at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence received by the Commission about their alleged criminal activities.

The other suspects are: Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka Aniebo Richard, Nwagbo Chidera Oliver, Dibo Ayomide Samson, Rotimi Segun Damilola, Habeeb Banire Damilola, Afolabi Bolutife Michael, Adekanbi Elijah Adeola,Emeka Christian Egwuatu, Adeyemi Adedamola Olumide, Awokoya Moyosore Iyaniwura, Efunnuga Dmilola Samuel, Samson Makinde Egwuatu, Gbemileke Jide Simeon,Omoyemi Fashola Owolabi, and Farouk Ibiwoye Olatunde.

Until his arrest, Chidera, who claimed to have gone into Bitcoin scam after he suffered depression, had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin vouchers using the platform to allegedly defraud his unsuspecting victims.

The commission said upon his arrest, a Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36,000,000 was recovered from him. Adding that investigations revealed that the suspect has N22,300,000 worth of Bitcoin in his block chain account.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, iPhones, laptops, Android devices and Macbook devices.

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