By Ayodele Oluwafemi
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Thursday disclosed that it was investigating Ramoni Igbalode, aka Ray Hushpuppi who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates for allegedly committing cyber fraud in the tune of $35million.
The commission, in a statement, by its spokesperson, Dele Oyewale, acknowledged Hushpuppi as Nigeria’s most wanted hacker.
GWG had reported the arrest of the Instagram celebrity who is popular for his lavish lifestyle, by International Police, in Dubai, over alleged fraud-related crimes.
EFCC noted that it is monitoring cyber crimes allegedly committed by Hushpuppi and some other cyber criminals in the country facing trial.
The commission said Hushpuppi was arrested for an alleged $35million fraud involving the purchase of ventilators.
Part of the statement reads,
“Nigerian most-wanted hacker, Ramoni Igbalode, alias Ray Hushpuppi, recently arrested by the International Police and the FBI, has considerable cases of cyber crimes being investigated by the EFCC.
“The commission is familiar with grisly details of his money laundering transactions, involving many high-profile cybercriminals facing trial in Nigeria.
“The commission is engaging with the FBI in tracing victims of his fraudulent transactions and other fraudsters having direct involvement with him. Local cyber criminals with money laundering networks with him are also being investigated.
“Hushpuppi was arrested on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 in United Arab Emirates in connection with $35million ventilator scam.”