Nigeria’s antigraft agency, EFCC has arrested popular Instagram comedian and social media influencer, Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, popularly known as Pankeeroy.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission made this known via its official Twitter handle stating that the operatives of its Lagos Zonal Office made the arrest.
Pankeeroy, who has a 524k followers IG page was paraded on Thursday, April 22, alongside 34 others after they 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.
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“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 bitcoincoretrading.com platform to defraud his unsuspecting victims”, the EFCC reported about Pankeeroy’s arrest on its website.The rest suspects arrested alongside Pankeeroy are Chinedu Omesu Christian, Gafar Kunle Adedamola, Chuka AnieboRichard, 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.
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Others are Orapitan Yomi Segun, Oladunjoye Taiwo Olawale, Ibrahim Ajani Olanrewaju, Wasiu Olamilekan Sola, Olamiposi Toheeb Damilola, Isieq Qudus Olamilekan, Abel Ndubuisi Junior, Emmanuel Nonso Martins,Timilehin Oladipo Jesse, Kelvin Okpere Kendal, Omotola Oluwatobi Emmanuel,Rasaq Toyosi Farouq, Oyelere Olawale Shakiru, Timileyin Odeyemi Damilare,Kelly John Nwanou, Adedeji Emmanuel Olayinka, Balogun Subomi Ibrahim and Makinde Adewale Benjamin.
The Commission added that upon his arrest, one of the suspects, Christian, who confessed to have been posing as one Dave Federick, a 58- year- old United States national on a mission in Syria, in order to lure his unsuspecting victims and defraud them of their hard-earned money, a Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36,000,000 was recovered from him.
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Adding that investigations revealed that the suspect has N22,300,000 worth of Bitcoin in his blocked chain account. “Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, Iphones, laptop computers, Android devices and Macbook devices”, the commission added.
Until his arrest, Chidera, who claimed to have gone into Bitcom scam after he suffered depression, had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin vouchers using the https://t.co/EHFtPCROKt platform to defraud his unsuspecting victims.https://t.co/SAqmy4mZQI
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) April 22, 2021