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A&D FORENSICS WEEKLY BRIEF APRIL 8, 2022

A&D Forensics brief brings you adoption and regulation highlights. Also, investigation and crime cases happening in the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem will be summarised here, all in one link.

Hydra darknet market shut down!

Hydra darknet market was shut down by Germany’s Federal Police on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Shortly after, a Russian resident was indicted by the Department of Justice on conspiracy charges related to the Hydra market.

Bet9ja’s website hacked by Russian Blackcat group

The gaming site said that the group has already demanded ransom but it insists it will not accept the conditions of the hacker group.

Nigeria’s Central Bank fines four lenders for facilitating crypto transactions

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) imposed fines on four banks ₦800 million ($1.9 million) for allegedly facilitating cryptocurrency transactions back in 2021.

UK plans to make stablecoins a payment method, relax crypto rules and release NFT

The United Kingdom announced on Monday that stablecoins “may provide a more efficient means of payment and more customer choice,” but the declaration was met with skepticism by voters.

EU Regulators’ double standards on anti-money laundering regulation favors the proposed digital euro.

Last month, European Union lawmakers voted in favor of controversial measures to outlaw anonymous crypto transactions, a move the industry said would stifle innovation and invade customer privacy.

Nigeria Bar Association Embraces Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

The Nigerian Bar Association organized a seminar on the theme, Changing Times, Expanding The Frontiers of Legal Knowledge and Practice this week. Our Senior partner, Adedeji Owonibi spoke to lawyers on the topic “Fighting Cryptocurrency Fraud And the Nigerian Lawyer’s Toolkit.

$90 Million Yacht of Sanctioned Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg Seized by Spain at Request of United States

Spanish authorities acted pursuant to a request from the U.S. Department of Justice for assistance following the issuance of a seizure warrant, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, which alleged that the Tango was subject to forfeiture based on violation of U.S. bank fraud, money laundering, and sanction statutes.

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LEAD FACILITATOR – CRYPTOCURRENCY INTUITION

Onyekelu Chioma is a passionate and professional teacher with expertise on blockchain and cryptocurrency education. She is a renowned blockchain advocate in Africa with the belief that there are so many career opportunities to be leveraged on in the Blockchain Industry.

Chioma is the Head of Academic and Training, the Crypto Bootcamp Community, and a member of Stake holders in blockchain technology association of Nigeria (SiBAN).

Chioma’s passion for fourth industrial revolution technology has helped her hold key strategic positions in various private sectors, regulating the way for blockchain adoption in the continent of Africa.

As an experienced teacher, blockchain educator, and a cryptocurrency trading coach, she has trained a lot of students and assisted them in identifying their innate skills which enabled them to carve a niche so as to become experts in their chosen blockchain career.

She’s currently a Crypto Forensic Intern at A&D Forensics and undergoing her Masters studies in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency at University of Nicosia

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Investigator (CFE, CCI, CCFI & Reactor Certified) with more than Fifteen years of experience across few banks within the Nigeria Financial Sector and educator in Corporate workplace settings, Deji is uniquely qualified and involved in forensics analysis of Financial Infractions, Cryptocurrency crimes and designing plans that works for Government, Regulators, Law enforcement. He was appointed by SEC Nigeria as Member Virtual Asset and Fintech Regulatory framework drafting Committee, He is a member of Global Digital Finance’s KYC/AML working group in France and a member of the Industry led Thinktank that worked on and came out with FATF cryptocurrency Travel rule InterMessaging Standard for Virtual Assets (IVMS101) to help combat money laundering and terrorism financing using cryptocurrencies around the globe.
His law enforcement training efforts on new money and cybercrime have seen him train many law enforcement agents in various countriesn i.e Nigeria Police, Nigeria Army CyberWarfare command, Zambia Financial Intelligence Unit, Zambia Central Bank and more.
He is Chainalysis Sole Africa Investigative Partner helping law enforcement investigate criminal organizations using cryptocurrency to conceal illiccit activities across Africa, he is also a training Partner for Blockchain Intelligence Group based out of Canada.

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