$6.2m Scandal: Special Investigator Prepares Strong Case With 14 Exhibits, 9 Witnesses

The Special Investigator appointed by President Bola Tinubu, Jim Obazee, has compiled a comprehensive case against Eric Ocheme Odoh, former CBN governor Godwin Emefiele’s PA, and two other fugitives. 

The alleged theft of $6,230,000 from the Abuja Branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is under scrutiny at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Obazee has organized 14 exhibits and nine witnesses, intensifying efforts to bring the suspects to justice. Interpol has issued a Red Notice alert, expanding its search for the fugitives globally.

The Attorney General of the Federation has handed over the case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution. 

The Special Investigator’s office has provided evidence, exhibits, and witnesses to support the trial.

Godwin Emefiele, the former CBN governor, is implicated in the alleged fraudulent payment of $6,230,000 to the three suspects.

Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, testified that neither he nor ex-President Muhammadu Buhari approved the disbursement of funds to international election observers.

Interpol’s Red Notice alerts member-countries to apprehend the fugitives. 

The global pursuit aims to uncover corruption and fraud allegedly committed at the CBN during Emefiele’s tenure.

The Federal Government has filed extradition charges against the suspects, accusing them of forging the former president’s signature and documents related to the payment.

The Special Investigator’s lineup of exhibits includes CBN withdrawal slips, internal memos, identity cards, and letters allegedly connected to the fraudulent transaction.

Nine witnesses are listed in the case, and charges include conspiracy, forgery, uttering forged documents, and obtaining property by false pretense.

The fugitives face a six-count charge before the Federal High Court, Abuja, encompassing conspiracy, forgery, and obtaining money under false pretenses.

The unfolding legal saga promises to shed light on the alleged misappropriation of CBN funds, implicating high-profile individuals in a complex web of corruption.

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