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Backlash, as Western Union denies transfers to Nigeria



Following the indictment of 77 Nigerians by the United States (U.S.) Department of Justice, in connection with massive fraud and money laundering, Western Union in Texas, the state with the largest Nigerian population in the U.S., may have blocked all money transfers to Nigeria, according to a report. The report added that the blockade might spread to other states and countries.

It would be recalled that last Thursday, a Spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Thom Mrozek, disclosed that suspects were arrested in raids carried out across the U.S.

Many co-conspirators, Mrozek said, are still in Nigeria, with others also at large in the U.S. and other countries.

A notice at the outlet in Texas said it was no longer doing Western Union Transfers to Nigeria, with apologies for any inconvenience.

Efforts to get the Western Union to react to the issue were not successful as at time of filing this report.

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