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FBI Rewards EFCC Operatives Over Arrest of Nigerian Fraudsters  print

Published on August 17, 2011 by   ·   22 Comments

 The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI has issued certificates of outstanding performance to some operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The beneficiaries are officers who participated actively in the arrest of Nigerian fraudsters that had been on the wanted persons list of the FBI.

Kenny Ivy, the FBI Legal Attache to the US Embassy in Nigeria who presented the certificates on behalf of the agency said the FBI is impressed with the degree of professionalism shown by the EFCC, particularly in the arrest of a Nigerian fraudster, Raheed Mustapha who escaped from the United States and took refuge in Nigeria after defrauding an American company of about $800,000.

He thanked the Commission for its efforts and said the FBI looks forward to a continuous working relationship with the EFCC. Also present at the event was his assistant, Jennifer Dent.

Dent who has been in Nigeria for the past two years said she has been working on the case with the Commission since she came. She expressed appreciation for the support she received from the Commission.

The 35 year old Mustapha was alleged to have conspired with four other persons including his cousin also based in the United States in 2006, to obtain checks totalling $800,000 USD from the 401(k) Plans ( pension scheme ) to which they are not entitled.

Once employed by the ACS, a Pension Fund Administrator in the US , Mustapha informed his conspirators how to obtain from the ACS default personal identification numbers “PINS” for the 401(K) Plans Accounts of the 401(K) participants.

He provided them with information as to how to change the mailing addresses associated with those accounts, and how to obtain distribution checks from those accounts.

The FBI discovered this and placed an arrest warrant on him before he finally fled to Nigeria.

The FBI however contacted the EFCC which eventually trailed and arrested him on 12th March,2011 in his father’s residence in Lekki area of Lagos where he was hiding.

Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Commission’s Lagos Zonal Headquarters, on Tuesday , EFCC Chairman, Mrs Farida Waziri who was represented by the Head of Operations, Zubairu Muazu expressed appreciation for the commendation by the FBI and assured the American authorities of greater cooperation in the concerted efforts to rid both the two countries of criminal elements.

The suspect and another are both awaiting extradition to the US to face trial.

Three other Nigerian fugitives had earlier been handed over to US law enforcement agents.

While George Ubeozor was extradited in 2008, Sunday Adebisi Adegbesan was handed over in 2009 both to the authorities in New York .

The Latest to suffer the same fate, Ehkator was indicted in the U.S. District court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on November 3, 2010 over a $32 million internet collections scam.

The suspect was arrested in Benin City , Edo State in August 2010 by EFCC operatives following top level exchange of information between U.S. Law enforcement agents and the EFCC over the activities of a trans-border ring of internet scammers headed by Ekhator.

The extradition process filed through the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, was eventually approved by a federal high court in Lagos on July 26th, 2011.

The suspect was however flown to the U.S. on Wednesday August 10th and handed over to a District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania the following day by an officer of the EFCC.

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22 Comments for “FBI Rewards EFCC Operatives Over Arrest of Nigerian Fraudsters”

  1. Naubiko

    Na certificate we go chop…Am not bothered about the small time criminal in the USA but the big time politician stealing govt money… I thought the EFCC was set-up to deal with Economic crimes against Nigeria and not the Americans…
    This will now give Madam Farida free visa to buy some designer trinkets and sunglasses now that the Yankees are happy ….

  2. Don vinca

    efcc officials seeking for visa to usa, i think this i a good opportiunity. Fools. We are good at extridited nigerians. How many halibouting us criminas was extridite to nigeria for trial. Who is fooling who.. This is a modern colonization of d efcc. Waziri, wake up from ur slumber and fcae d reality. What abbout d big political thieves in abujal? Lets be fare in our dealings.

  3. Ndubuisi

    pple should learn how to appreciate pples effort..Nice one for d Nation

  4. supo

    Naubiko,
    You just post nonsense in the papers. I am too sure you are useless. Can you read the news item and your comment.
    So sad we people can’t see what is wrong with crime.

    • Abiodun

      Supo
      You don’t have to be using recriminations,what he said is so sensible,EFCC is a shadow of it former self how many politicians have been really brought to book?you can answer that yourself,Bode George,Kenny Martins they all cart away our money and go scot free,after Bode George come out of the so arranged prison,was the money he stoled/embezzled refunded?instead they organise church service for him.
      They should do their work without bias or prejudice then we Nigerians will take them serious.

    • NAIJA WORRIOR

      SUPO YOU ARE USELESSS ALSO,WAS EFCC CREATED TO DEFEND AMERICA ABI NIGERIA ECONOMIC MURDERER.

      YOU FOOL SUPO

    • Naubiko

      @ useless supo , At least you read my nonsense, what am saying is that EFCC should deal more with high level economic crimes committed (Corruption) and leave the police and INTERPOL to deal with low level crime committed by the fraudsters… Please read and understand my comment … I don’t condone crime but the purpose for which is set up was to deal with corruption within.. and not a feeder to the yankee govt full stop.

  5. dante

    their prison facilities is even better of dan some average nigeria here that cannot afford three square meal. I kn dat some of dis gurus in computer(hackers) will later work wit US intelligence officers someday since they r extremely gud expecially d guy wey hamma $32million

  6. chinyere

    That is our own way of reparation, EFCC should be more concerned with crime in Nigeria than in the US.

  7. prince iyke

    Crime is crime as far as it concern Nigeria or Nigerians ,home or abroad. The image of the nation is important.Efcc need our informations to work with. Provide one like FIIB did and see if they will not act.

  8. OGBNEI NAIJA

    @NAUBIKO WHAT IS THE BUSINESS OF FBI WITH YOUR HOME AFFAIRS.FBI IS A SECURTIY OUTFIT DESIGNED BY AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.THE CRIMINALS COMITTED THE CRIMES IN USA & ESCAPED TO NIGERIA & US GOVT SEEKED THE ASSISTANCE OF THE EFCC WHICH THEY HELPED.IF THERE IS ANY CRIMINAL THAT ESCAPE TO US FROM NIGERIA & OUR GOVT DEMAND FOR HIS EXTRADICTION I KNOW US WILL DO IT.IT IS BETTER WE PUT OUR HOME IN ORDER & STOP BLAMING FBI FOR THE CRIMES OF OUR LEADERS.

  9. ak

    farida is a coward as far as am concerned.earlier o9n this week world bank released names of top previous govt officials in nigeria that looted the nations treasury and what the hell is she still waiting for.

  10. Eustace

    EFFC is a jobless institution. What are they doing to those corrupt politicians under their nose?????? It is very disheartening that EFCC is seriously working as an informant to the FBI. Am not saying what those guys did is good, that crime should be left Nigerian Police and Interpol. EFCC should be up and doing to arrest this corrupt Politicians, especially the ex-Governors. That woman called Farida Waziri is fashion crazy and very conscious of her look. Absolutely, she has nothing to offer.

  11. DELTAMAN

    @Naubiko,
    U r perfect, its not that they dont know their job, but they r all thiefs n most of d efcc officials just needed visa favor from the United States… Take it or leave it, why they don’t work uderground with pakistan to tackle drug issues most nigerians smuggle from thr? or its that not crime? It’s USA d only country ppl defraud? Tackle d issues at home before outside, most nigerian ll be home if our country is good n this will reduce crime rate internationally while our image will be pure outside… Nonsense!

  12. jabby

    A warning to fraudsters: there’s no hiding place, even in your father’s compound. Ken Ivy will fish you out of the ‘ivy league’ of fraudsters before Jennifer Dent finally dents your name for life. Crime does pay, ugh? Don’t mess around with Farida Waziri and her crime-busters in th EFCC.

  13. i have a dream

    do you guys, think that united state can extradite his citizen to nigeria, hell no so wise up

    • Donbalubalu

      Yeah,Good question @ I HAVE A DREAM no mind these puppets.Any one here try go get case for EFCC see if dem no go first ask you to pay”mobilization fee” like say no be our tax money dem dey take pay their salary.Na Visa make dem turn too Arse lickers for the FBI.If the country works well no body,no able bodied young man will concern himself with fraud.We have the brightest minds in the world,we can turn stone to gold.I love this country.But the politicians and law enforcement agent do not.They all see my country as a honey pot for their personal exploitation.Devil Punish all of them.

    • jide

      Yes they will. To l have a dream.

  14. Mac

    @Deltaman,
    I quote u..”Tackle d issues at home before outside, most Nigerians will be home if our country is good n this will reduce crime rate internationally while our image will be pure outside”

    So u are one of those who left the shores of Nigeria to commit crimes abroad, soiling the image of the country and that of Nigerians. If u are one of them, I pray ur God shld be asleep, n u’ll be nab juz the way the few mentioned here. Since u guys believe the only way to make it in life is to commit crimes everywhere u step ur legs. The good thing is, in any of the foreign soils u commit ur crimes, once arrested, the law of the land will be used on u guys. Most of them are in jails paying for their sins. May God help u guys.

  15. Prince Samuel Olakunle Araoye

    A crimimal is extradited to the place where crime was comitted. US have more trust in efcc than the corrupt police system

  16. Femi A.

    We can see from these comments that the state of our society is truly bad.Any time a criminal is caught, it should be a cause for celebration.

  17. Please how can who contact you if we detect a criminal.thanks

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