Minister of State for Niger Delta affairs Festus Keyamo, has confirmed claim that Jerry Ikogho (pictured wearing glasses), one of the cyber fraud suspects apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is close to him.
Picture of Keyamo with Ikhogo, the number three on the 77-man list of Nigerian fraud suspects released by the FBI on Thursday and two others surfaced online, sparking controversy with insinuation that bird of a feather flock together.
The minister in an interview he granted The Cable said he and the suspect are family friend dates back to their parents.
“He is my childhood friend. We were born in the same town (Ughelli). We attended same church from birth. His parents and mine, best of friends, till tomorrow. His siblings and mine too. Only left for the US about 10-12 years ago.
“Can’t deny him. It’s a family relationship from birth,” he said.
Keyamo raised doubt about Ikhogo’s complicity in the crime he is being charged with while throwing light on the viral picture: “In fact, that picture is even at the burial of the father of the guy on the far right about 8 years ago. The guy is in the same childhood group like all of us. Likewise the guy on the far left, a lawyer, who died at the National Hospital here in Abuja about 5 years ago.”