An analysis of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) cases compilation shows that corruption has been a persistent phenomenon in Nigeria for years culminating into decades. The nation which was once the giant of Africa is now wallowing in poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment and other vices which can be attributed to corrupt practices of some citizens of the country.
Some of these citizens have been arrested by the anti-graft body (EFCC) and a manhunt has been launched to find their accomplices.
Names of the suspects on the ‘Wanted’ list of this security agency include but not limited to:
Dr. Mrs Ngozi Olejeme is on the run for diverting N69bn public fund, and money laundering. The Former Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund has been living in the shadows since she fled the country to evade arrest for allegedly diverting N69bn alongside a former Managing Director of the NSITF, Mr Umar Abubakar. They were said to have stolen the money by awarding bogus contracts and through other financial malpractices. They allegedly committed the crime with Mrs Theresa Ittu
Affiong, a principal suspect in two cases of fraud, Adjunct Prof. Olufunmilade Adeyemi, Haruna Adamu Gazau, Jennifer Turnah, two Chinese, Liang Zhang, Junyuang Jiang, and Christopher Achebe.
Olejeme, hails from Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Areas of Delta State and speaks English and Igbo languages ﬂuently, while her last known address was given as No 14 J.F. Kennedy Street, Asokoro, Abuja. Following her escape, the EFCC detained her sureties, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja, Lagos State branch; Monday Ubani and Christopher Enai, an ex-senator representing Bayelsa State. They were subsequently granted bail by Justice Silvanus Orji of FCT High Court, Apo, in the sum of N50m, with two sureties who must be civil servants on Grade Level 15, after their lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, challenged their detention in court.
Ake Oluseun: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC , Lagos zonal office, has arrested a suspected Internet fraudster, Ake Oluseun, for tax fraud, Ake otherwise known asijoba in local parlance.The 30-year-old suspect, a graduate of Computer and Information Science, was arrested in Lagos, following an intelligence report received by the Commission. Sometime in January this year, the suspect, who owns Canbit Music, Canbit Resources (Nig.) Limited, Istartup Enterprise and Volta Company, allegedly sent an email to an employee of an American company requesting for the W-2s of the staff.
Prof. Olufunmilade Adeyemi, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a case of obtaining by false pretense and diversion of funds. The suspect is the Managing Director of Stealth Groups Limited and is alleged to have swindled unsuspecting victims of the sum of N34million under the guise of selling property situated within Complete Leisure Estate to them. Adeyemi is dark in complexion and hails from Ikeja LGA of Lagos State. He speaks English and Yoruba languages fluently. His last known address is Plot 820 Alhaji Shamsi Thomas Crescent, Omole Phase 2, Ikeja, Lagos and No. 13b Oba Elegushi Beach Road, Lekki, Lagos.
Haruna Adamu Gazau, is wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for offences bordering on criminal breach of trust and obtaining money under false pretence.Gazau, the principal suspect, was arrested alongside one Kabiru Dan Shagamu, and later granted administrative bail to his surety, one Abubakar Ahmed Abubakar, a staff of State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Kano State.However, immediately after his release on July 4, 2017, he refused to report to the Commission. All further efforts to apprehend and produce him in court, to face criminal charges before Justice Shuaibu Lawan of the Federal High Court, Kaduna, have proved abortive.The light-skinned fugitive is 40 years old, a Gombe State indigene and is fluent in Hausa and English. His last known address is Line 2, Angwa Fulani, Jankanwa, Masaka, Nasarawa State.
Doron Umansky is wanted in a case of obtaining money by false pretence, stealing, forgery and uttering.The suspect is at large while eﬀorts to apprehend him has proved abortive.
The light-skinned 57-year-old Israeli speaks English, Jewish (Hebrew) and Yoruba languages.He allegedly committed the crime alongside Hannah Sobowale and Hammed Ariyomi who are also on the run. Umansky’s last known addresses were Signature Suites, Asaba, Delta State and 52A, Tunde Adebola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Sobowale is 44 and her last known address was 100 Acres Church Street, Abere Bus Stop, Ajayi Egan Road, Atan, Sango-Ota, Ogun State. Ariyomi is 33 and his last known address was No. 6, Sanu Street, Adura Bus Stop, Alagbado, Lagos State. Both suspects are dark-complexioned, hailed from Ogun State and speak English and Yoruba Languages.
Ijeoma Constance Ugwah is wanted by the EFCC in a case of criminal conspiracy, employment scam and obtaining money by false pretence. Ugwah allegedly induced the petitioner to pay to her the sum of Ten Thousand US dollars ($10,000.00) and another Four Million Naira (N4,000,000) for a fictitious Federal Government appointment. The suspect is at large while all efforts to apprehend her has proved abortive. The fair-skinned fugitive is 61 years old and hails from Owerri North LGA of Imo State. She is fluent in English and Igbo languages. Her last known address is No 20 Oladele Oke Street, Okota, Lagos.
Valentine Iro: This 31-year-old man was named along with Chukwudi Igbokwe, 38, as the lead suspects in the three-year FBI investigation of romance scams, business e-mail compromise, wire fraud and money laundering. At the end of the investigation, about 80 Nigerians were indicted, with some of the accomplices still in Nigeria. Iro and Igbokwe’s role was to ensure the laundering of money deposited by a victim into a bank account or a money services account.
According to the FBI, Iro and Igbokwe coordinated the transfer of victims’ funds from a fraudulent bank account they controlled in US bank accounts belonging to illicit money exchangers. “Those money exchangers, in turn, used a Nigerian banking application to transfer other funds in naira from Nigerian bank accounts they controlled to the Nigerian bank accounts specified by Iro and Igbokwe,” the FBI said in a statement. The authorities said this strategy was used to transfer millions of dollars to Nigerian co-conspirators without directly transferring funds overseas.
Government Ekpemupolo: The EFCC declared the former Niger Delta militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, wanted in February, 2016. The anti-graft agency in an advertorial signed by the then Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said it declared Tompolo wanted following two bench warrants issued against him by a Federal High Court in Lagos, where he was charged with N45.9bn fraud.
He was said to have illegally diverted the money belonging to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. The 50-year-old, dark-complexioned native of Okerenkoko, Gbaramotu Kingdom in the Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, went underground and had not been seen since then.
His last known address was given as No. 1, Chief Agbanu Street, DDPA Extension, Warri, Delta State. The fugitive, who wielded political influence in his state, is said to speak both Izon and English languages.
Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos issued a bench warrant against Tompolo on January 14 after he shunned a summon dated January 12 issued on him by the judge to appear in connection with the fraud charges filed against him and nine others by the EFCC. Buba ordered the law enforcement agencies to produce Tompolo before him on February 8 for him to answer the charges, but rather than appear in court on January 8, he went underground after the court dismissed his application to quash the bench warrant and arrest order.
The EFCC filed 40 counts against Tompolo and nine others, including the immediate past Director-General of NIMSA, Patrick Akpobolokemi. The other suspects in the charge are Kime Engozu, Rex Elem, Gregory Mbonu and Capt. Warredi Enisuoh. They were charged alongside four companies, namely: Global West Vessel Specialist Ltd., Odimiri Electrical Ltd., Boloboere Property and Estate Limited and Destre Consult Ltd.
Ittu Theresa is a principal suspect in two cases of fraud, contractual malpractices and obtaining goods under false pretence to the tune of N1bn and $1.4m, respectively. She allegedly received about N1bn from a government agency as payment for contracts which she failed to properly execute. Furthermore, the suspect was alleged to have fraudulently collected aircraft parts worth $1,416,000 from a Russian company and evaded payment.
The suspect failed to honour the EFCC’s invitation and is currently at large. The 50-year-old is fair in complexion. Her last known address was No. 2B Oko-Awo Close, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Aisha Shettima Nur: A bank worker, Aisha Shettima Nur, has also been on the run from the EFCC since 2016, for allegedly laundering money believed to be proceeds of crime.
In November 14, 2016, Nur was convicted in absentia on 10 counts of money laundering . Investigations revealed that the convict laundered monies which were proceeds of crime through the accounts of her siblings and daughter, as well as through the purchase of vehicles and stocking of a provision shop.
While the cases were ongoing at both the federal and state High Courts, the convict had jumped bail, consequent upon which judges of both courts issued bench warrants for her arrest. The fair-skinned fugitive is 39 years old and 5.4 feet tall. She hails from Maiduguri, Borno State and is fluent in Hausa, Kanuri and English languages. Her last known address was No 1, Umar Galadima Street, Kawo, Kano.
Idris Usmanis accused of complicity in the misappropriation of N1bn SURE-P fund. Usman is wanted by the EFCC for alleged complicity in misappropriation of public funds, money laundering and abuse of ofﬁce. A popular contractor in Katsina town, Usman is the Managing Director of Idris Kwado & Sons Ltd. as well as Aminu Dikko & Sons Ltd. According to the EFCC, the suspect was given a contract of N1bn by the immediate past governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, who is facing trial for alleged N11bn fraud. Dark in complexion, Usman, 51, is from Katsina Local Government Area, Katsina State. His last known address was Kwado Village, Off Ring Road, Katsina.
AYANLOLA TEMITAYOMrs Ayanlola Temitayo (nee Bademosi) is wanted in a case of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money under false pretences to the tune of 27 million naira. A former staﬀ of Heritage Bank Plc., Ayanlola allegedly forged a customer’s documents and fraudulently obtained a loan facility using the customer’s ﬁxed deposit as collateral to secure the sum. All eﬀorts to execute a duly signed Warrant of Arrest obtained from the Magistrate Court 1, Iyaganku have so far proved abortive. The suspect is at large while all eﬀorts to apprehend her have proved futile. A native of Ondo West Local Government Area in Ondo State, the dark complexioned suspect is 40 years old and is of average height. She speaks Yoruba and English Languages ﬂuently. Her last known address is No 44 Akinlawon Agboola Close, Jericho, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Omosalewa Ayinla is wanted in a case of conspiracy, forgery and obtaining money under false pretences to the tune of 27 million naira. A former staﬀ of Skye Bank Plc., Ayinla allegedly forged treasury bills certiﬁcate worth N27 million and handed them over to a customer in exchange for the sum. Eﬀorts to execute a duly signed Warrant of Arrest obtained from the Magistrate Court 1, Iyaganku have so far proved abortive. The suspect is at large while eﬀorts to apprehend her have been futile. A native of Ijebu North Local Government Area in Ogun State, the dark complexioned suspect is 38 years old and is of average height. She speaks Yoruba and English Languages ﬂuently. Her last known address is No 7 Prince/Princess Elesin Meta Estate, Apata, Ibadan, Oyo State
Adewale is wanted in a case of forgery and stealing to the tune of about N3.5million. The suspect, using a forged letter of non-indebtedness, supposedly issued by Standard Chartered Bank, is alleged to have obtained a bank draft from Guaranty Trust Bank to pay oﬀ a loan facility he had obtained from the former. As soon as his account was credited with the sum, Adesanya withdrew the money and disappeared. Eﬀorts to execute a duly signed Warrant of Arrest obtained from the Magistrate Court 1, Iyaganku have so far proved abortive. A native of Ijebu Ode Local Government Area in Ogun State, the dark complexioned suspect is 42 years old and is of average height. He speaks Yoruba and English Languages ﬂuently. His last known address is No 7 Oganiji Layout, Idi Rogbo Street, Oﬀ Adeoyo Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State.Liang Zhang, Junyuang Jiang and Christopher Ejike Achebe of Don Jack International, are wanted in a case of criminal conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences to the tune of N150million.The suspects are alleged to have defrauded the unsuspecting victim under the pretext that they would help procure the dollar equivalent of the sum and transfer the same to the complainant’s business partner in China for the supply of weaves and hair products in Nigeria.After receiving the money, the suspects did not transfer the money, but went into hiding. All eﬀorts to apprehend the suspects have so far proved abortive.Zhang, a 34-year-old Chinese (male), and Jiang, a 34-year-old Chinese (female), both have as their last known address, 54B Adeniyi Jones Street, Ladipo Oluwole Street, Ikeja, Lagos. They speak Chinese and English Languages ﬂuently.42-year-old Achebe is dark in complexion and speaks Igbo and English languages ﬂuently. His last known address is No 4, Ifeanyi Street, By Emeka Street, Oko-Afo, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
Anybody having useful information as to their whereabouts should contact the Commission (EFCC) in its Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt and Abuja offices or through these numbers 0809332644 (0809EFCCNIG), 08183322644 (0818EFCCNIG), 09-9044751, 09-9044752, 09-9044753; its e-mail address: [email protected] or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies.