The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Lagos Zonal Office, has arrested Tobiloba Aramide Ogundiyan who allegedly tried to buy a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) worth N44million with Bitcoin.
Ogundiyan was accused by EFCC’s Advance Fee Fraud Section of committing online fraud and converting his loot to the cryptocurrency.
An EFCC source said Ogundiyan “acquired his ill-gotten wealth from internet fraud, layered it into a Bitcoin account and finally integrated it by approaching a car shop owner in Lekki to purchase a Range Rover Vela P380 2018 model worth N44,000,000 ($97,626 USD in Bitcoin) sometime in March 2021”.
He was arrested alongside seven others by the commission’s Lagos operatives on May 18, 2021 at River View Estate, Lekki, Lagos for alleged computer-related fraud.
The other suspects are Samson Alabi Afolabi; Adebayo Dolapo Olumide; Daniel Boluwatife Akinwunmi; Moses Segun; Kelechi Thankgod Felix; Adeleke Godwin Tofunmi and Adewale Dapo Victor.
The suspects were said to have been found with exhibits including electronic gadgets (handsets, laptops), exotic cars, expensive jewellery, antiques, and so on.