EFCC declares Emefiele’s wife and three others wanted for embezzling Nigeria’s treasury


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday declared Margaret Dumbiri Emefiele, wife of embattled former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele wanted.

Also declared wanted by the anti-graft agency were Eric Ocheme Odoh (m), Jonathan Omoile (m) and Anita Joy Omoile (f).

According to the EFCC, Margaret Emefiele, Eric Odoh, Anita Omoile, and her husband Jonathan Omoile, are wanted for their roles in a scheme to convert large sums of money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The agency accuses them of committing offences such as obtaining money by false pretences, theft and contravening Sections 411, 287, and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
It asked people with information on the whereabouts of the wanted persons to contact any of its offices or call 08093322644.

The EFCC statetement reads; “The quartet of Eric Ocheme Odoh, Margaret Dumbiri Emefiele, Anita Joy Omoile and Jonathan Omoile are wanted by the EFCC for offences bordering on economic and financial crimes. Any information on their whereabouts? Please contact the nearest EFCC command or the nearest police station.

“The public is hereby notified that persons, whose photographs appear above (mugshots) are wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly conspiring with a former Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele to convert huge sums of money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria and committed felony to wit: Obtaining money by false pretences and stealing contrary to and punishable under sections 411, 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.’’

The declaration of wanted comes amidst ongoing legal proceedings against Godwin Emefiele, who is facing charges of fraud amounting to ₦1.8 billion and $6.2 million.

The latest amended charge, presented before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja, accuses Emefiele of impersonating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to illegally obtain $6.2 million.

The EFCC alleges that Emefiele, in collaboration with Odoh Ocheme, obtained the funds from the CBN under false pretences and claimed it was requested by the SGF.

Emefiele is further accused of forging documents and conferring corrupt advantages on his wife and brother-in-law by awarding them contracts for the renovation of the CBN Governor’s residence in Lagos.

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