The Federal government through his special adviser on media and publicity, Garba Shehu has reacted to the news of 77 Nigerians arrested in the United States by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Garba Shehu who condemned the activities of the Nigerians arrested said that the recent arrest is a big scar on all Nigerians.
The presidential spokesperson said this on Channels TV Sunday Politics program held on Sunday night of August 25. Garba Shehu disclosed that the Federal government would issue executive orders and engage with the National Assembly to pass new laws to cub to cybercrimes in Nigeria
In his word, Garba Shehu reacts
“This is double damage on every citizen of Nigeria. It is a big scar on all of us who go out of this country and are seen in this image that these our brothers have created and the whole nation is tainted.
He stressed further;
“For the government of President Buhari, what it means is that the government which has started its second term on the strong promises of reinvigorating the war against criminality including scams and corruption, the government is serious engaging in revamping all of the laws and infrastructure for fighting this sought of crime.
furthermore, he said;
The government will generate and ask for new laws from the National Assembly and there will be new executive orders that will block some of the loopholes that are being exploited by some of these Nigerians who go out there and blackmail the country. The laws have got to change. These scams have to be tackled he said
He stressed that this particular incident should not be used to tag all Nigerians as criminals.
The actions of a few Nigerians is not the action of the whole of Nigerians. We are over 200 million in this country and you are talking about just 80 in this case. They will face the justice system in the US. If the Nigerian government is required for extradition or any other way, if it meets the requirements of our laws, they will be assisted to prosecute them and to face justice in the US”
Meanwhile, a photo of APC newly appointed minister, Festus Keyamo with one of the 80 suspected fraudsters arrested in the US has also hit the internet in the wake of the FBI saga. The photo which showed Festus Keyamo and one of the suspects currently on FBI trail took snapped a photo together. Festus Keyamo had since confirmed he had tiles with suspect, admitting that they are childhood friends and are still friends till date