FULL LIST NAMES: CBN Staff, Two Others Who Forged Buhari’s Signature to Steal $6.2m Revealed

A massive fraud case involving the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has been uncovered by a team of specialized investigators appointed by the President of Nigeria.

The investigators have written to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to request the placement of three Nigerian suspects on the Interpol Red Notice.

The suspects are Odoh Eric Ocheme, a CBN staff who is on the run, and his two accomplices, Adamu Abubakar and Imam Abubakar, who are also at large. They are accused of forging the signature of former President Muhammadu Buhari to siphon over six million US Dollars from the CBN’s funds.

The letter, signed by DCP Eloho Okpoziakpo, the Head of Operations at the Office of the Special Investigator, states that the suspects used the name of the former Nigerian leader to create fake documents and steal about US$6,230,000 in cash from the CBN.

The letter also attaches the data page of Ocheme’s Nigerian International Passport, the warrants of arrest, and the order of the court.

The suspects have been charged with six counts at the Federal High Court, Abuja. The sixth count reads:

“That Adamu Abubakar (now at large), Imam Abubakar (now at large), Odoh Eric Ocheme (now at large), Bashirudeen Maishanu and others also now at large, on or about the 23rd day of January 2023, at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja Branch, within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, by false pretence that one man who held out himself as Jibril Abubakar is a Staff from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and had the approval of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to source money from the Central Bank of Nigeria for foreign Election Observers, and with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of six million, two hundred and thirty thousand United States Dollars ($ 6,230,000.00) from the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja Branch and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)[a] and punishable under Section 1(3) & Section 10 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, Cap. A6 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.”

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