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Nigerians accuse FBI of racial profiling in alleged fraud cases

Nigerians on social media are accusing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of racism in its profiling of fraud suspects.

The FBI had on Saturday morning via a tweet headlined six Nigerians in its list of 79 persons wanted for fraud-related offences.

The six Nigerians are accused of alleged internet-related fraud that caused American citizens and businesses over $6 million losses.

Despite the list containing 73 others which include Chinese, Russians and Arabs, some social media users say the FBI unfairly used the six Nigerians as poster boys.

See their reactions below:

It was earlier reported how the US Department of State in a statement on June 16 indicted the suspects named as Richard Uzuh, Micheal Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson and Abiola Kayode.

Mr Uzuh, 34, is said to have targeted over 100 businesses in a single day and a loss in excess of $6,300,000 can be attributed to a scheme he led.

Mr Olorunyomi, 37, has losses exceeding $1m attributed to the romance fraud scheme he led.

Mr Ogunshakin, 37, is said to have provided financial, material, and technological support for Uzuh.

Mr Okpoh, 31, is also said to have provided technological support to Uzuh.

Mr Benson, 33, is also alleged to have working closely with Uzuh in romance scams and money laundering.

Mr Kayode, 32, is believed to have worked working closely with Uzuh and others involved in the scheme.

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