Some of the suspects declared wanted by the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) have been found to have connection with the high and mighty in Nigeria.
First, pictures have emerged of one of the suspect allegedly being investigated for cyber fraud who was identified as Jerry Ikogho to have connection with the Honourable Minister of State for Niger Delta, Mr. Festus Keyamo.
The Minister has however confirmed that he is friends with Jerry Ikogho and that himself and the suspect were born in Ughelli, Delta state, and grew up as childhood friends.
He said the picture was taken in 2011 at the burial of the father of one of the two other men who appeared in the picture.
The senior advocate said the suspect is from “a decent home”, adding that he hoped that the American authorities got their facts right.
He 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.
“In fact that picture is even at the burial of the father of the guy on the far right about 8 years ago. 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.”
Similarly, another FBI cyber-fraud suspects whose name allegedly appeared on the list, Chika Odionyenma, was reportedly appointed by Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, as a member of his inauguration committee.
On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the United States Department of Justice released the names of indicted 77 Nigerians in connection to massive fraud and Odionyenma is number twenty on the list.
Since the names were released, videos and pictures of the suspects have surfaced online.
Reports have also established links between two of the suspects and Nigerian politicians.