The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Festus Keyamo, has spoken about his relationship with Jerry Ikogho (pictured wearing glasses), one of the cyber fraud suspects apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) confirmed that the online fraudster used to be one of his friends before he travelled out of the country.
Shortly after FBI released a short video of how Ikogho was arrested, a photo where Keyamo and the suspect posed for a shot started trending on the social media.
On the FBI fraud list, Ikhogo is number three.
According to TheCable, Keyamo confirmed stated that he and Ikogho were born in Ughelli, Delta state, and grew up as childhood friends.
The lawyer stated that the photo that has gone viral on social media was taken in 2011 at the burial of the father of one of the two other men who appeared in the picture.
Any deference between the two? Help me to understand. Or you think they don't know what each other is into?
— simmyu (@simmyu) August 24, 2019
Speaking further, Keyamo was quoted as saying that the suspect is from “a decent home”, adding that he hoped that the American authorities got their facts right.
He explained that Ikoago left Nigeria for the United States about 10 years ago.
According to him, “He is my childhood friend. We were born in the same town (Ughelli). We attended same church from birth. His parents and mine, best of friends, till tomorrow. His siblings and mine too. Only left for the US about 10-12 years ago,” Keyamo said.
Beware of who you call your friends, folks you don’t know their source of income and do not take pictures with people you are not too sure of. Jerry Elo Ikogho, one of the FBI indicted fraudsters, is Festus Keyamo’s friend. Am sure Oga Keyamo would have something to tell us! pic.twitter.com/kvabG8s8O2
— Revolutionary Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) August 24, 2019
“Can’t deny him. It’s a family relationship from birth. He’s from a decent family. Hope they got their facts right. The wife has sent the charge to me.
“The authorities clearly stated that he may not have known of the fraudulent schemes, but he helped one or two of them to transfer funds illegally for a fee. And he didn’t declare excess money at the airport. Wish him well,” TheCable quoted him as saying.
Recalled that the FBI fraud list released on Thursday was dominated by Nigerians, most of them were declared wanted.