The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has denied receiving a $107,000 bribe to compromise the case against one Ezekiel Oyo, who has been accused of benefiting from fraudulent activities.
Some social media netizens had accused the commission of receiving bribes from the suspect.
But speaking through its spokesman, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Friday, the anti-graft agency noted that efforts were underway to ensure that Oyo was prosecuted for money laundering, adding that the suspect had jumped bail.
Oyewale said, “The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested Ezekiel Joseph Oyo on April 5, 2023, at the Life Camp area of Abuja metropolis, sequel to discreet surveillance and actionable intelligence on his suspected involvement in internet fraud called picking, online romance and money laundering.
“He was introduced to the fraudulent practice through one of his friends, Bruno, based in Germany. To ply his nefarious business, he opened a wallet address with a user name, Hubert.email@example.com. Through this wallet address, he received into his blockchain a total fraudulent transaction of $3,982,260.91.
“It is a blatant lie that investigators provided sureties for him. Will sureties provided by investigators spend three weeks to perfect Oyo’s bail conditions, if indeed they were provided by them?
“The purported $107,000 ascribed to EFCC investigators is untrue and unfounded. How could a suspect who benefitted $50,000 from his transactions offer $107,000 as a bribe?
“Every wild claim made against investigators at the Abuja zonal command is mere trumped-up fabrication and should be ignored. All items recovered from him, including a Mercedes Benz C43 AMG, are in the custody of the commission.”
Oyewale added that after the suspect’s arrest, investigators at the Abuja zonal command of the commission undertook his detailed profiling and granted him administrative bail with two sureties provided by him.
“It took his sureties three weeks to meet up with some modest bail conditions offered to them and Oyo was released after the conditions were met,” he added.
He stated that investigators recovered a total sum of $27,000 from Oyo and that the recovery was duly reported and documented.