Young Nigerian Instagram comedian and social media Influencer, Nwagbo Oliver Chidera, aka Pankeeroy, has been arrested alongside 34 other people by operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.
According to a statement issued by the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission’s Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson , the influencer and others were arrested on Wednesday at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos, following a tip-off.
It was further said that Chidera (aka Pankeeroy) claimed to have gone into Bitcoin scam after he suffered from depression. The comedian had been presenting himself as a vendor who redeems bitcoin vouchers, but instead using the bitcoincoretrading.com platform to defraud his unsuspecting victims.
One of the suspects, Chinedu Omesu Christian, is said to have defrauded an aged Asian-American lady of over $475, 000 Which is one hundred and eighty million, nine hundred and seventy five thousand Nigerian Naira (N180, 975, 000).
Christian confessed he succeeded by posing as one Dave Federick, a 58-year-old United States citizen on a mission in Syria, in order to lure and swindle his victims of their money.
Upon his arrest, a Mercedes Benz AMG GLE model worth N36,000,000(Thirty-six million naira) was recovered from him.
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 Damilola Samuel, Samson Makinde Egwuatu, Gbemileke Jide Simeon, Omoyemi Fashola Owolabi, and Farouk Ibiwoye Olatunde, 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.
Other items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars, iPhones, laptop computers, Android devices and Macbook devices. The suspects will soon be charged to court.