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EFCC hands over $22,000  recovered from convicted Yahoo Boy to FBI in Lagos

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, 17th May 2024, handed over the sum of $22,000 recovered from a convicted internet fraudster (Yahoo Boy), Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju, to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in Lagos.

Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos had, on 15th August 2023, ordered that the money recovered from Olanrewaju, who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for identity theft and impersonation, be restituted to his victim in the United States of America, U.S.A.

EFCC hands over $22,000  recovered from convicted Yahoo Boy to FBI in Lagos
Hakeem Ayotunde Olanrewaju

Speaking during the handover ceremony in Lagos, the Acting Director, Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC, Michael T. Wetkas, reaffirmed the Commission’s dedication to combating crimes and restoring sanity to the nation.

“We are delighted to be handing over this proceeds of crime today.

“The EFCC is willing and always ready to do more,” Wetkas said.

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Responding, the FBI Legal Attaché, Charles Smith, said: “The EFCC and FBI work collaboratively together, and it is thanks to the EFCC that we can recover funds of this nature, especially from Business email Compromise, BEC.

“This type of crime cripples businesses in the US, and for them to recover the money within one to two years gives hope to the affected companies and brings some level of justice, even if not all subjects have been identified.

“We hope our relationship continues and fosters a more cohesive partnership between the two agencies. If there’s anything the FBI can do to support this investigation, we will do so.

“We appreciate this on behalf of the FBI and thank the EFCC.”

In attendance at the event were the Head, Public Affairs, Lagos, DCE Ayo Oyewole; Head, Investigation, ACE I Deborah Oni and Head of Advance Fee Fraud 1, AFF, CSE Alex Ogbole.

Also present was the Assistant Legal Attaché, Michael Thomas and the Foreign Service Investigator, Ayo Solademi.

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