EFCC declares Emefiele’s wife, three others wanted

Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday night declared Margaret Emefiele, wife of a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and three others, wanted for money laundering.

The anti-graft agency declared Mrs Emefiele, Eric Odoh, Anita Omoile and her husband, Jonathan Omoile, wanted 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 pretences, and stealing, contrary to and punishable under Sections 411, 287, and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.”

A post by the commission on social media said, “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 offences bothering on economic and financial crimes. Any information on their whereabout? Please contact the nearest EFCC Command or the nearest police Station.”

The Nigerian government, meanwhile, has for the third time amended the criminal charges it filed against Emefiele, according to PUNCH.

The agency, in the latest amendment, accused Emefiele of impersonating the secretary to the government of the federation to illegally obtain $6.2 million.

The case before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja was amended on Thursday.

According to the amended charge, Emefiele, on February 8, 2023, connived with one Odoh Ocheme, who is now on the run, to obtain $6.2m from the CBN, claiming that it was requested by the SGF “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.”

Also, Emefiele was accused of conferring corrupt advantage on his wife, Omoile Margret, and brother In-law, Omoile Macombo, by allegedly awarding a contract for the renovation of a portion of the CBN governor’s residence in Lagos to the tune of N99.8m.

The agency alleged that the contract for the renovation of the CBN governor’s lodge, located at No. 2 Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, was awarded to a company named Messrs Architekon Nigeria Limited, “wherein the duo are directors and majority shareholders.”