…As PDP urges FG to prosecute Magu***
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has decried the negative effects of cybercrime on the country’s image at the global scene.
The NiDCOM chief made this known in an interview on Wednesday in Abuja.
Her remark was on the background of the recent raid made by Dubai police on one of the Nigerian fraudsters, Ramoni Igbalode, a.k. a Hushpuppi and 11 other members of his gang.
“Committing the crime and still having the audacity to show off like Ramoni Igbalode aka Hushpuppi. This is really denting to our image as a people.
“But like I always say, fraud does not represent who we are as Nigerians; hardworking, dedication and commitment is what we, as a country are known for,” she said.
NAN recalls that Hushpuppi and members of his gang were arrested in June at their Dubai residences, by the Police.
Huspuppi was arrested along with Olalekan Ponle, also known as Woodberry and 10 others.
The 12 suspects were arrested in six simultaneous raids carried out by the e-police unit of the Dubai Police.
Fraud committed amount to 1.6 billion dirhams ($435,611,200).
Dubai police seized cash worth 150 million dirhams ($40,838,550) during the raid, 21 laptops as well as 47 smartphones.
In another development, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded for the prosecution of suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu if found wanting.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said the demand became necessary after reviewing the reported circumstances surrounding the investigation of Magu.
Ologbondiyan said that PDP observed that the revelations of alleged corruption detailed in the memo by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, as well as the report of the Department of State Services (DSS) on Magu’s activities, had exposed the racket under his watch.
The allegations, according to him, included the diversion of recovered funds and fraudulent sales of assets seized by the EFCC among others.
He advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow the matter to be swept under the carpet or allow Magu to be shield from prosecution.
“What Nigerians expect at this moment is for Buhari to enforce the law by directing relevant agencies to commence actions that would lead to Magu’s prosecution at the court.
“Anything short of this will not be acceptable to Nigerians,” he said.
The embattled acting chairman was said to be under interrogation by a presidential panel set up to probe allegations of gross misconduct against him.