The Federal government is scrambling to launder its image following the indictment of 77 Nigerians by U.S authorities for allegedly committing online fraud.
The US Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California said in a press release that the affected Nigerians have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft.
The Acting Chairman of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the EFCC, said efforts are on to salvage the situation as the Commission has been working with the FBI to stem the tide of online fraud, through various schemes.
Defence Correspondent Sifon Essien reports that the charge by U.S authorities indicting 77 Nigerians of online fraud is creating ripples of concern across Nigeria.
The Diaspora Commission is at the EFCC to express concern over the impact this could have on the country’s image and to join forces to fight
Operation Wire Wire is meant to track and arrest online fraudsters known locally as yahoo yahoo. Reports from the Commission indicate that more that 40 persons have recently been convicted for online fraud.
It’s not yet clear what the EFCC would be doing to salvage the country’s reputation in the face of the current indictment of the country’s nationals, but one thing is certain, the war against money laundering and illicit financial flows has a long way to go.