An Instagram comedian and social media influencer, Nwagbo Chidera, popularly known as Pankeeroy, has been arrested along with 34 others for their alleged involvement in computer-related fraud.
They were apprehended by operatives of the Lagos Office of the Advance Fee Fraud Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the anti-graft agency said on Thursday.
EFCC operatives arrested the suspects on Wednesday at their hideout in James Court, Lekki, Lagos, following verified intelligence 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.
“Investigations revealed that one of the suspects, Chinedu Christian, allegedly defrauded an aged Asian-American lady of over $475,000,” the EFCC said.
According to the EFCC, the suspect will soon be charged to court.