- The EFCC has described social media celebrity, Hushpuppi as Nigeria’s most wanted hacker
- Interpol in a joint operation with the FBI recently arrested Hushpuppi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over alleged fraud
- The anti-graft agency said Hushpuppi is linked with other cybercriminals in Nigeria
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has described social media celebrity, Ray Hushpuppi as Nigeria’s most wanted hacker.
The International Police (Interpol) in a joint operation with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) recently arrested Hushpuppi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over alleged fraud, The Cable reported.
Speaking about the arrest of the suspect, the spokesperson of the anti-graft agency, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Thursday, June 18, said Hushpuppi was involved with other high-profile cybercriminals facing trial in Nigeria.
The anti-graft agency stated that other Nigerian cybercriminals with links to the suspect are also being investigated.
EFCC said it is working with the FBI in tracking Hushpuppi’s fraudulent transactions.
Meanwhile, the police in Dubai have shed more light on the recent arrest of flamboyant Nigerian big boy who is popularly known by many as Ray Hushpuppi.
According to reports by The National, a digital news platform in the country, Hushpuppi was nabbed by the police in the country on June 10, and he was afterward referred to the Dubai public prosecution where he is currently being questioned by prosecutors at the Bur Dubai section.
The report further noted that Hushpuppi who was arrested alongside 12 other accomplices, was charged by prosecutors for obtaining money from unsuspecting victims through fraudulent means. Hushpuppi and his crew reportedly targeted companies and individuals.
The prosecutor further disclosed that Hushpuppi’s statement had been taken but it is only just the beginning of prosecution investigations.
However, Nigerian big boy Ismaila Mustapha popularly known as Mompha has reacted to Hushpuppi's arrest by Interpol in Dubai.
It was earlier reported that Hushpuppi was allegedly arrested for laundering $13.5bn COVID-19 funds meant to buy ventilators for Native Americans.
Taking to his official Instagram page to react to the news, Mompha warned people against mocking someone who is facing a trial case.
According to him, no one knows tomorrow.
In another news report, the governments of the United States on Tuesday, June 16, sanctioned six Nigerians over alleged cybercrime worth $6 million (approximately N2.3bn).
The sanction was announced in a statement released by the US secretary of state, Micheal Pompeo.
According to the information on the country's treasury department's website, the perpetrators of the fraud are between the ages of 32 and 37.
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