Nigerians indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) probe have been asked to voluntarily surrender themselves or risk getting extradited if international treaties are invoked.
Recall LASGIDI ONLINE reported that 77 Nigerians were arrested by the FBI, following an investigation which uncovered how they conspired with federal and state agents to dupe unsuspecting American victims of their money.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in a statement released by its chairman, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, admitted that an accusation does not mean guilt while also expressing hope of a fair and speedy trial.
Dabiri-Erewa also revealed that these Nigerians currently prosecuted by the FBI were linked to cases of massive email fraud and money laundering.
“RE: Arrest Of Alleged Nigerian Fraudsters In Various Parts Of The United’ States Of America” the statement read.
“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 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 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.
“The Commission will continue to monitor the case closely.”