The FBI has some explaining to do for why “6 Nigerians” is trending

6 Nigerians

Barely has a month passed in 2020, that we haven’t received some report of a Nigerian fraud syndicate being exposed for their crimes. News of Nigerians being caught up in cybercrime and fraud-related activities have become so commonplace, we barely register it when it pops up, our conversations shifting instead to what exactly the group in question must have done to get the chop. Yet again, another account of ‘6 Nigerians’ and fraud has hit the internet, but this time Nigerians are calling foul play.

Barely two days ago, it was revealed in a fast-paced Dubai crime investigation documentary tagged “Fox Hunt 2“, the investigation and arrest of popular Nigerian socialite, Hushpuppi, for fraud amounting to 1.6 billion dirhams (N168bn). Long in the making, Hushpuppi’s downfall was largely seen as inevitable comeuppance for the fraudster, who flaunted his wealth, insulted hardworking citizens and schmoozed with celebrities and politicians. 

However, on Friday night, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation tweeted out an announcement asking for help to find six Nigerian nationals wanted for their involvement in cybercrime-related fraud resulting in over $6million loss. The tweet further details a link to read more about the defendants and a subsequent link for people to submit tips.

 

Nigerians quickly called attention to the fact that there are 79 wanted men in this crime; 16 Russians, 20 Chinese, 37 Arabs and 6 Nigerians. They questioned why the organisation chose to place a spotlight on only the Nigerians involved. 

 

Many posited that this purposive framing was done to fit a racial narrative and this would only continue to hurt Nigeria’s reputation.

 

They went further to state that this was evident racism; declaring that the Nigerians were put front and centre in the post as click-bait and to draw in more attention.

 

Some posited that it is no surprise the organisation would use the Nigerians as the poster head for crime-related activities; due to the longstanding history Nigerians at home and abroad have with being arrested for fraudulent related activities.

 

It goes without saying that Nigerians are wary of having the country and its citizens be recognized for fraud and cybercrime and are calling for an urgent repair of the nation’s image.

    

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