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FG Places Three on Interpol’s Watch-list Over Emefiele’s $6.23m Fraud Case

The Presidency has formally approached Interpol National Central Bureau, seeking a Red Notice for the apprehension of three suspects implicated in the alleged theft of $6.23 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Among the suspects is CBN staff, Odoh Eric Ocheme, along with Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar.

This request, stemming from a document obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, links the trio to a conspiracy involving the forging of documents in the name of ex-President Muhammadu Buhari. The fraudulent documents were purportedly used to withdraw the substantial sum in cash from the CBN.

The Office of the Special Investigator, appointed by President Bola Tinubu to scrutinize the CBN and related entities, made the request. NAN reports that a warrant application has been granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja, authorizing the arrest of the three individuals. They are expected to be apprehended and brought before the court on or before May 7, 2024.

The testimony of Boss Mustapha, the former SGF, at the Abuja High Court, added weight to the allegations of forgery. Mustapha affirmed his lack of knowledge about the money withdrawal for foreign election observers in the 2023 general elections, underscoring that it falls under the purview of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A CBN official had previously informed the court that the amount was disbursed in cash, with approvals from former President Buhari and Emefiele.

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