Federal Government Seeks International Cooperation to Apprehend Alleged Forgers

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken decisive action in response to an alleged case of forgery involving a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) staff member and two others. Odoh Ocheme, a CBN employee, along with his accomplices, are accused of forging the signature of former President Muhammadu Buhari to unlawfully obtain $6.2 million from the apex bank.

In an official communication, the Head of Operation at the Office of Special Investigators, Deputy Commissioner of Police Eloho Okpoziakpo, issued a request to place the individuals on INTERPOL red notice. The letter outlines the serious nature of the offense, detailing how the suspects allegedly conspired and forged documents in the name of the President to facilitate the theft from the CBN.

Legal proceedings have commenced, with a six-count charge filed against Ocheme and his associates. The Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division, under the auspices of Honorable Justice I.E. Ekwo, has issued warrants for their arrest and subsequent arraignment.

The government’s request for INTERPOL red notice underscores its determination to bring the accused to justice and recover the stolen funds. By seeking international cooperation, Nigerian authorities aim to apprehend and repatriate the suspects, ensuring accountability for their actions.

As the investigation unfolds, the case highlights the importance of integrity and transparency in financial institutions, reaffirming the government’s commitment to combatting fraud and corruption at all levels.


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