Festus Keyamo, minister of state for Niger Delta affairs, has said he can’t deny his friend, Jerry Ikogho (pictured wearing glasses), one of the 77 Nigerians on FBI list because it’s a family relationship from birth.
Jerry Ikogho is one of the 77 Nigerians apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States for internet related frauds.
In an interview with TheCable, Keyamo stated that Jerry Ikogho is his childhood friend from Ughelli, Delta.
He added that they both attended the same church as kids and both families know each other very well. According to Keyamo, Ikogho is from a decent family.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria went further to say he hopes the FBI has got their facts right.
“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’s from a decent family. Hope they got their facts right. The wife has sent the charge to me.
“The authorities clearly stated that he may not have known of the fraudulent schemes, but he helped one or two of them to transfer funds illegally for a fee. And he didn’t declare excess money at the airport. Wish him well.
“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,” Keyamo said.