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The authorities and government of the United States have on Tuesday, June 16, sanctioned six Nigerians over alleged cybercrime worth $6 million (approximately N2.3bn). The US announced the sanction in a statement released 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.
“The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology,” part of the statement announcing the sanction read.
“The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses.
The US gave the names of the Nigerians as:
1. Benson Orson
2. Kayode Abiola
3. Ogunshakin Alex
4. Okpoh Felix
5. Olorunyomi Micheal
6. Uzuh Richard
The country further disclosed that the perpetrators deployed many manipulated technological means to attacks various vulnerable American businesses. “The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources,” the statement further read.
In a statement shared to their official Twitter handle, five suspects were apprehended in different areas of Lagos during a raid by operatives, in regards to the allegation. Adewale who is 20 and his accomplice, Lamina Hamzat Ajibola (the face behind the account Adeherself) were arrested at the Agungi area of Lekki, Lagos state.