Wielding placards requesting for their trapped funds, protesters on Thursday besieged the Port Harcourt office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The protesters, according to the EFFC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, converged at the entrance of the Zonal office and carried placards bearing inscriptions like: “Suanu, Bluekey Refund Our Money”; ” EFCC, Save Us From Bluekey”; “Refund Investors, We Are Crying Out For Help”, ” Save Innocent Investors From Accruing Debts, Bluekey!”.
Uwujaren disclosed in a statement that the Head, Cyber Crime Section of the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office of the EFCC, Mr. Allison James, Harcourt Zonal office of the EFCC assured the scores of investors of Bluekey Investment Club across the Niger Delta of diligent investigations.
According to James, the EFCC is not holding Bluekey’s depositors funds but would ensure that thorough investigations are done into the activities of the company.
“We started the investigations of Bluekey Investment Club because we believe that its activities were questionable. We stepped in to protect investors’ interests. Your money is not in the custody of EFCC. There are more than 4000 investors and people have invested N4billion. There are so many variables involved but we would ensure that diligent investigations are done”, he said.
One of the protesters, Leo Ativie, appealed to the EFCC to refund investors money locked in Bluekey’s accounts, stressing that the investors are “innocent Nigerians”.
Another protester, Stephen Okojie, said that the money invested in the company were borrowed funds.
19 staff of Bluekey Investment Club were on August 30, 2019 arrested in Port Harcourt. The company, operating from Sonia Mall, 42 Woji Road, YKC Junction, Port Harcourt, was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission( CAC) as a Software Development and General Contracting Firm, but allegedly veered into an interest-yielding Ponzi Scheme with ten percent (10%) weekly returns on investment over six months. The Scheme also promised total returns of invested capital after six (6) Months.
Investigations showed that 4000 investors pooled their money in the company with a total investment of N4billion.