LAW ENFORCEMENT 10/02/2024
EFCC Declares Emefiele’s Wife, Three Others Wanted
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Margaret Emefiele, the wife of former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, wanted for alleged financial crimes.
According to the EFCC, Mrs Emefiele and Eric Odoh, Anita Omoile as well as Jonathan Omoile are wanted for allegedly for allegedly “conspiring with the former CBN governor to covert huge sums of money belonging to the federal government 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.”
In a mugshot published by the anti-graft agency on Friday night where details of their offence were listed, the EFCC appealed that anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact its nearest command or the nearest police station.
The trio of Margaret, Anita and Jonathan were listed as indigenes of Delta State while Odoh is said to be from Benue State.
The EFCC quoted Jonathan as the Chief Executive Officer of the Exact Quote BDC Limited and Anita the CEO of Deepblue Energy Services Ltd as well as Lipam Investment Services Ltd.
Emefiele was removed from office as the CBN governor by President Bola Tinubu in June 2023 and was subsequently arrested by the Department for State Services. He is currently being prosecuted by the Federal Government over charges bordering on financial crimes.
On January 18, the Federal Government amended the criminal charges files against the former CBN governor.
They increased the charges from six counts to 20 counts. In the amendment, Emefiele was charged for alleged criminal breach of trust, forgery, conspiracy to commit forgery, procurement fraud and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Emefiele had pleaded not guilty to the initial six-count charge following his earlier arraignment on November 18, 2023.
He was granted bail in the sum of N300 million by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court on November 22, 2023.