EFCC arrests FBI suspect over $2.5m internet fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a 38- year – old man , Festus Abiona, who was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for his alleged involvement in internet fraud .

Abiona had been on the wanted list of the EFCC for more than eight months over the alleged fraud case before he was finally arrested in his hideout .

The suspect was nabbed by the EFCC, Ilorin Zonal Office , according to a statement on Monday by the EFCC acting Head , Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade.

He said , “Operatives of the EFCC smoked him out of his hiding on February 6 , 2020 , in Arepo , Ogun State .

He had gone into hiding and deliberately refused to step out of his house when he got wind of the fact that the EFCC was investigating him .

For the past five months , he was in hiding.

“ The FBI in a petition dated 10th of July , 2019, alleged that he was involved in Business Email Compromise and other internet – related fraud .

Investigation into the case by the commission revealed that a syndicate that involved Abiona perpetrated the fraud .

“ He has also refused to give a statement since his arrest , but he will soon be arraigned in court. ”

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