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Emefiele’s Wife, Three Others Declared Wanted by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a warrant for the arrest of Margaret Emefiele, the wife of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, along with three others, on charges related to money laundering.

Mrs. Emefiele, along with Eric Odoh, Anita Omoile, and her husband, Jonathan Omoile, are accused of colluding with the former CBN Governor to embezzle significant sums of money belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria. The offenses allegedly include obtaining money through false pretenses and theft, as outlined in sections 411, 287, and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.

According to a statement released by the EFCC, the four suspects are wanted for their involvement in economic and financial crimes. Any information regarding their whereabouts should be reported to the nearest EFCC Command or police station.

The EFCC further disclosed that Godwin Emefiele is facing charges of fraud amounting to ₦1.8 billion and $6.2 million. The charges have been amended multiple times, with the latest amendment accusing Emefiele of impersonating the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to obtain $6.2 million unlawfully.

In addition to the forgery allegations, Emefiele is accused of awarding a contract worth N99.8 million for the renovation of a portion of the CBN Governor's residence in Lagos to a company in which his wife and brother-in-law are directors and majority shareholders.

The amended charge sheet contains a total of 20 counts against Emefiele, and he is expected to enter his plea at the next court hearing.

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