$6.23m Election Monitoring Scam: Presidency Asks Interpol To Apprehend Three Suspects


News Investigators/ The Presidency has requested the Interpol National Central Bureau to place a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) staff and two others on its Red Notice.

The trio who are currently on the run are wanted in connection with allegation of conspiracy and forggery of documents in the name of former president Muhammadu Buhari to steal the sum of $6.23 million in cash from the CBN.

The alleged fugitives on the Interpol list are named as: Odoh Eric Ocheme, who is an official of the CBN; Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar.

The request was made by the Office of the Special Investigator appointed by President Bola Tinubu to investigate the CBN, related entities and other key government business entities.

The government had been granted an application of warrant filed before a Federal High Court in Abuja for the arrest of the three persons.

The three persons are to be arrested and arraigned before the court on or before May 7, 2024.

The Interpol is expected to apprehend and repatriate the suspects, who are at large, from any of the Interpol members states to which they may have flown.

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha while testifying at an Abuja High Court on Tuesday told the court that former President Muhammadu Buhari’s signature was forged to withdraw the said $6.23 million from the CBN.

Mr. Mustapha, who testified in the trial of former CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, said he knew nothing about the withdrawal of the money for the payment of foreign observers for the 2023 general elections.

He said that it was the responsibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deal with issues of election observers.

An official of the CBN had on Monday told the court that the amount was given out in cash.

He said that it was given to an official from the office of the SGF, following approvals by former President Buhari and Emefiele.


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