$3.5M fraud: EFCC extradites FBI wanted internet fraud suspect to US

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has extradited Fatade Idowu Olamilekan to United States to face $3.5M fraud and identity theft charges.

Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on May 1, 2022, granted the request for his extradition to the United States to answer to the criminal charges against him.

Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), had arrested Olamilekan on September 30, 2021. They told the court sometime in November, 2021 at the commencement of trial that the suspect is wire fraudster whose name is on wanted list of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI.

The anti graft agency said in a statement on Wednesday by its Head, Media & Publicity, Mr Wilson Uwujaren that Olamilekan was extradited on Thursday July 14, 2022, to the United States for allegedly stealing over Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($3.5M) worth of equipment in various cities across the US.

“His extradition was coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, following a notice from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI New York, through the US Legal Attache for his role in impersonating various cities, state and academic institutions across the United States.

“Fatade was indicted by a grand jury in the Southern District of New York for offences of wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen property and identity theft.”

Upon his arrival in the United States, the suspect is billed to appear before a United States District Court.