Festus Keyamo, minister of state for Niger Delta affairs, has reacted to a photo he appeared in and currently trending –
The photo shows Keyamo posing with Jerry Ikogho, one of the cyber fraud suspects apprehended by the FBI
Ikhogo is number three on the 77-man list of Nigerian fraud suspects released by the FBI on Thursday, August 22 Festus Keyamo, minister of state for Niger Delta affairs, has confirmed that he is friends with Jerry Ikogho, one of the cyber fraud suspects apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A picture of Keyamo and Ikogho have been trending on micro-blogging site, Twitter, sparking different reactions. Ikhogo is number three on the 77-man list of Nigerian fraud suspects released by the FBI on Thursday, August 22.
Keyamo confirmed to The Cable that he and Ikogho were born in Ughelli, Delta state, and grew up as childhood friends.
According to him, the picture was taken in 2011 at the burial of the father of one of the two other men who appeared in the picture.
He further explained that Ikogho left Nigeria for the United States about a decade ago. His words: “He is my childhood friend. We were born in the same town (Ughelli). We attended same church from birth.
His parents and mine, best of friends, till tomorrow. His siblings and mine too. Only left for the US about 10-12 years ago. “Can’t deny him. It’s a family relationship from birth. He’s from a decent family.
Hope they got their facts right. The wife has sent the charge to me. “The authorities clearly stated that he may not have known of the fraudulent schemes, but he helped one or two of them to transfer funds illegally for a fee. And he didn’t declare excess money at the airport. Wish him well.
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The guy is in the same childhood group like all of us. Likewise the guy on the far left, a lawyer, who died at the National Hospital here in Abuja about 5 years ago.”
Meanwhile, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, says the commission will collaborate with FBI to apprehend the Nigerians indicted in a $46 million fraud case in the United States.
The alleged fraudsters, majority based in Nigeria, were, according to FBI, involved in a series of coordinated internet scam obtained from victims in the United States and other parts of the world.
The American security agency on Thursday, August 22 said 14 of the suspects had been arrested while the remaining defendants were “believed to be abroad with most of them located in Nigeria.”