SWITZERLAND, JUNE 19 – Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, has said not all Nigerians succeeding abroad are engaging in fraudulent activities.
Dabiri-Erewa stated this while reacting to a fraud allegation leveled against Ramoni Igbalode, aka Ray Hushpuppi.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had earlier announced that it was working with the FBI to trace the victims of Hushpuppi’s alleged scam.
“Nigeria’s most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray hushpuppi, recently arrested by the International Police and the FBI, has considerable cases of cybercrimes being investigated by the EFCC.
“The commission is engaging with the FBI in tracing victims of his fraudulent transactions and other fraudsters having direct involvement with him. Local cybercriminals with money laundering networks with him are also being investigated,” EFCC said in a statement.
However, reacting on Thursday via Twitter, the NIDCOM boss wrote, “Allegations against Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi running into millions in fraud. I stress again, not a yardstick to judge Nigerians excelling abroad. One bad apple should indeed not spoil the whole bunch.”
Also, the Commission wrote, “We await EFCC’s further and thorough investigation as well as further updates on the case. We advise and urge Nigerians abroad to be law-abiding citizens, be good ambassadors, and not tarnish the image of the country.”
Hushpuppi was arrested on June 10, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates in connection with a $35m ventilator scam.