BY DAYO ADESULU
Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, disclosed on Tuesday that the commission has recovered about $20m worth of cryptocurrency loot from internet fraudsters.
Bawa who stated this on Tuesday during his interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily, explained that the $20 million cryptocurrencies are kept in the EFCC e-wallet.
Bawa said he’s in support of the CBN ban of cryptocurrency, adding that the ban has assisted in limiting avenues through which criminals launder the proceeds of their crimes in the country.
His words: “As it is today, there is nowhere in the world where cryptocurrency is being regulated. The EFCC is looking at an avenue in which people are laundering and receiving proceeds of crime and that is our worry.
“We have seen time and time again where cybercriminals are using this avenue to get their proceeds of crime. Before it used to be through money transfer agencies like Money Gram and of cause Western Union. Now they do it through cryptocurrency.
”They will defraud somebody. They will get gift cards, exchange them on the dark web, and they will use the proceeds to buy crypto, and they can get it to their e-wallet, and then, of course, they can sell and get their money.
“As it is today, we have about 20 million dollars worth of cryptocurrency as of last statistics that I have because we also created our own e-wallet to recover cryptocurrency, you know it has never happened before but we created it we are now recovering these proceeds of crime from that means as well.
“So, we are in support of what the CBN has done because it has limited the ways in which some of these criminals can exchange their crypto and get naira for it.”