Nigerian Government Extradites Suspect Wanted by FBI to US for $3.5 Million Fraud

The Nigerian government has extradited a wire fraud suspect, Fatade Olamilekan, to the United States to face charges. Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said in a statement on Tuesday that Olamilekan was flown to the United States last Thursday. The suspect, who appears on the wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is accused of stealing more than $3.5 million worth of equipment in various cities across the US. He allegedly committed the crimes by phishing in various cities, states and academic institutions in the United States, according to the EFCC. EFCC said it coordinated his extradition following a tip from the FBI in New York, through the US Legal Attaché. Mr. Olamilekan was indicted by a grand jury in the Southern District of New York on charges of wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property, and identity theft. The suspect was arrested on September 30, 2021 by the EFCC and the Federation Attorney General filed extradition proceedings against him in November 2021 at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos. On May 1, 2022, Judge Chukwujekwu Aneke granted the suspect’s extradition request to the United States to answer the criminal charges against him. Upon arrival in the United States, the suspect must appear before a United States District Court. ALSO READ: Alleged fraud: EFCC arrests another Nigerian wanted by FBI In April, the EFCC announced the extradition of another wire fraud suspect, Adedunmola Gbadegesin, charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. His extradition followed a decision by the Lagos Federal High Court on February 11, 2022 that granted the request of the Attorney General of the Federation office for the extradition of Mr. Gbadegesin to the US. “His extradition was coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following a request from the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, pursuant to an order of February 11, 2022 of Judge DE Osiagor of the Federal High Court, Lagos, in Complaint No. FHC/L/CS/765/21, which granted a request for the suspect’s extradition to the United States to answer criminal charges bordering on romance scam, wire fraud and money laundering,” the EFCC said. in his statement on Wednesday. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigerian Government Extradites Suspect Wanted by FBI to US for $3.5 Million Fraud