- The FBI has extended appreciation to the UAE for the arrest of alleged internet fraudsters Hushpuppi and Woodberry
- Director of FBI, Christopher Wray, particularly commended the efforts of the police in bringing the individuals to book
- Hushpuppi and Woodberry have also been extradited to the United States
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director, Christopher Wray, has extended his appreciation to the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented by the Dubai Police General HQ, for the concerted efforts in arresting alleged Nigerian internet fraudsters, Raymond Igbalode aka Hushpuppi and Olalekan Jacob Ponle known as Woodberry.
The Dubai Police, via a statement shared on their official Facebook page on Thursday, July 2, disclosed that the FBI director also thanked the security agency for their cooperation in ensuring the extradition of the two individuals who allegedly committed multiple cyber-crimes and money-laundering to the United States.
See the full statement below:
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Hushpuppi, Woodberry and some crew members were nabbed in an operation tagged Fox Hunt 2 by security operatives in Dubai.
The Dubai Police released a video that captured the operation that led to the arrest of the alleged fraudsters in their hotel room.
In the video which has gone viral in the online community, armed policemen were seen approaching Hushpuppi’s hotel room and busting in unannounced.
Everyone present in the room at the time were handcuffed by the police officers and whisked away.
Director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, disclosed that incriminating documents and other materials were found in the possession of the men.
According to Al Jallaf, more than $40.9 million in cash was retrieved from Hushpuppi and his crew. In addition to that, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of $46.8 million, 47 smartphones, 15 flash drives, 21 laptops and five hard disks containing over 100k files related to fraud as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims were found.
Still in a related story about the arrest of the flamboyant big boy, Legit.ng earlier reported that the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Erewa-Dabiri, noted that the individual must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Taking to her official Twitter account, the NIDCOM boss said: "While many Nigs abroad are working 3-4 jobs to make ends meet, fraudsters like Ramoni Igbalode are spoiling their image. The law must take its full course."
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