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Fraud: Fani-Kayode Explodes As FG Plans To Extradite 80 Nigerians

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Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the federal government for making plans to extradite 80 Nigerians accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of perpetrating fraud in the United States.

Naija News reports that the USA authorities had released about 80 names of some Nigerians, accused of perpetrating fraud in the country.

Reacting in a statement, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said: “The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is deeply concerned about the news of the court indictment of 80 persons, mainly Nigerians, in various parts of the US, being accused in separate FBI cases of massive email fraud and money laundering.

“Prior to the court indictment of these eighty persons, of which Valentine Iro and Chukwudi Christogunis Igbokwe are lead suspects, Obinwanne Okeke had earlier been arrested in Virginia.

“We acknowledge the fact that accusation does not mean guilt, and we hope that all the accused will be given a fair and speedy trial. We also ask those accused in Nigeria to voluntarily turn themselves in, to American authorities to clear their names, without which the Nigerian government should extradite them if relevant international treaties between the two governments are invoked.

“While such actions ultimately have a negative effect on the image of the country, the Commission, however, reiterates as it has always done, that the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities are not and can never be what the majority of Nigerians represent. We advise and we continuously resist any stereotyping of Nigeria and Nigerians generally.

“The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission is deeply concerned about the news of the court indictment of 80 persons, mainly Nigerians, in various parts of the US, being accused in separate FBI cases of massive email fraud and money laundering.

“Prior to the court indictment of these eighty persons, of which Valentine Iro and Chukwudi Christogunis Igbokwe are lead suspects, Obinwanne Okeke had earlier been arrested in Virginia.

“We acknowledge the fact that accusation does not mean guilt, and we hope that all the accused will be given a fair and speedy trial. We also ask those accused in Nigeria to voluntarily turn themselves in, to American authorities to clear their names, without which the Nigerian government should extradite them if relevant international treaties between the two governments are invoked.

“While such actions ultimately have a negative effect on the image of the country, the Commission, however, reiterates as it has always done, that the actions of a few Nigerians involved in criminal activities is not and can never be what the majority of Nigerians represent. We advise and we continuously resist any stereotyping of Nigeria and Nigerians generally.”

Reacting in a post on his Twitter page, Fani-Kayode stated that the federal government ought to have asked for evidence first before such a statement.

He wrote: “When a foreign government claims that 80 of your citizens have committed crimes the 1st thing that you are meant to do as a Government is to ask for the evidence against them and demand that they are given a fair trial.

“You do not assume they are guilty and you do not threaten to extradite them.”


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Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.