Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has extradited a wire fraud suspect, Fatade Idowu Olamilekan to the United States for allegedly stealing over $3.5million worth of equipment in various cities across the US.
Olamilekan, who had been on the Federal Bureau of Investigation wanted list, was extradited to the US on Thursday, July 14, 2022.
The suspect’s extradition was coordinated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, following a notice from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York, through the US Legal Attache for his role in impersonating various cities, state and academic institutions across the United States.
He 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.
A statement by the EFCC Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the suspect was arrested on September 30, 2021 by EFCC operatives and his extradition trial commenced sometime in November, 2021 before Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos.
On May 1, 2022, the Judge granted the request to extradite the suspect to the United States to answer to the criminal charges against him.
On arrival in the US, the suspect is billed to appear before a United States District Court.