EFCC Declares Emefiele’s Wife, Three Others Wanted

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

The anti-graft agency said in a terse post shared on its Facebook page on Sunday, that it needs any information on the whereabout of all four individuals it declared wanted.

“The quartet of Eric Ocheme Odoh, Margaret Dumbiri Emefiele, Anita Joy 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 post read.

While Margarethe is currently being searched for by the EFCC for allegations it hasn’t disclosed, her husband, the former CBN governor was re-arraigned before Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, Maitama, Abuja on allegations of fraud.

He was re-arraigned on Friday, January 19, on 20-count amended charges bordering on conferment of corrupt advantages, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, forgery and obtaining by false pretences to the tune of Six Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand United States Dollar ($6,230,000.00).

Count One of the charges reads: โ€œThat you, Godwin Ifeanyi Emefiele, male, adult, sometime in 2018 within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did use your position as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria to confer a corrupt advantage on Sa`adatu Ramallan Yaro, a staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria by awarding a contract for the supply of 37 (Nos.) Toyota Hilux Vehicles at the cost of Eight Hundred and Fifty-Four Million, Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N854, 700,000.00) to April 1616 Investment Ltd, a company in which the said Sa`adutu Ramallan Yaro is a director and you thereby committed an offence.โ€

Count 20 of the charges reads: โ€œThat you, Godwin Ifeanyi Emefiele male, adult and Odoh Eric Ocheme (still at large) on or about the 8th day of February, 2023 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court knowingly obtained by false pretence, the sum of Six Million, Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand United State Dollar ($6,230,000.00) by falsely representing that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation vide a letter dated 26th January, 2023 with Ref No. SGFF.43/L.01/201 requested the Central Bank of Nigeria to provide a contingent logistic advance in the sum of Six Million, two Hundred and thirty thousand ($6,230,000.00) โ€œin line with Mr. President`s directiveโ€ which representation you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence.โ€

Mr. Emefiele pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

Justice Muazu adjourned the matter till February 12 and 13, 2024 for continuation of trial and sustained the bail earlier granted to the defendant.

The EFCC, had on November 17, 2023 arraigned the former CBN governor before Justice Muazu on six-count charges bordering on procurement fraud to which he also pleaded โ€œnot guilty.โ€

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