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EFCC Declares Margaret Emefiele, Wife of Former CBN Governor, Wanted

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EFCC Declares Margaret Emefiele, Wife of Former CBN Governor, Wanted

The Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has declared Margaret Emefiele, the wife of former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, wanted.

She was declared wanted alongside a CBN official, Eric Odoh, a businesswoman, Anita Omoile, and a Bureau De Change operator, Jonathan Omoile.

According to a statement issued by the commission, they were declared wanted for allegedly conspiring with Emefiele to convert huge sums of money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The wife of the former CBN boss reportedly went into hiding after her husband was arrested and charged to court.

Mrs. Emefiele, Mr. Eric Odoh, Anita Omoile, and her husband, Jonathan Omoile, were declared wanted Friday night for allegedly conspiring with the former CBN Governor “to convert huge sums of money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria and committed felony to wit: obtaining money by false pretenses, and stealing, contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 287, and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.”

Details of their alleged money laundering offenses were revealed by the EFCC in a mugshot portrait of the four suspects late Friday night.

The document read, “Emefiele, Odoh, Mr. and Mrs. Omoile, wanted by the EFCC. The quartet of Eric Odoh, Margaret Emefiele, Anita Omoile, and Jonathan Omoile, are wanted by the EFCC for offenses bothering on economic and financial crimes.

Any information on their whereabouts? Please contact the nearest EFCC Command or the nearest police station.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has for the third time amended the criminal charges it filed against Emefiele.

In the latest amended charge taken before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja on Thursday, the EFCC accused Emefiele of impersonating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to illegally obtain $6.2m.

According to the EFCC, Emefiele allegedly claimed that the SGF requested the CBN to release “a contingent logistic advance in the sum of $6,230,000.00 in line with Mr. President’s directive.”

The EFCC said Emefiele made the claim despite knowing that it was false, “and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offenses Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

Still in the amended charge, the anti-graft agency alleged that Emefiele, in January 2023, forged a document titled: “Re: Presidential directive on foreign election observers mission” dated January 26, 2023, with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.

The EFCC has called on the public to provide any information on the whereabouts of the wanted individuals and urges them to contact the nearest EFCC Command or police station.

This article was updated 3 weeks ago

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