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26.04.2024 Featured FULL LIST: Fubara, Tompolo… 166 People on EFCC Wanted List

Published 26th Apr, 2024

By Joseph Adeiye

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s wanted list comprises 166 people.

Yahaya Bello, a former governor of Kogi State, who was declared wanted by the EFCC on April 18 for evading arrest in an N80 billion fraud investigation, is one of the most prominent persons on the list, but he only joined a community of over 160 financial crimes suspects in Nigeria. Big names such as Bello often wait out attention on their financial crime cases.

This 166 people-strong list includes Siminilayi Fubara, the Governor of Rivers State; past governors; ex-bankers; Chinese, Italian and Israeli nationals; and federal government partner Tompolo.

READ ALSO: EFCC Declares Yahaya Bello Wanted Over N80b Fraud

FIJ makes a full list and highlights why some of these wanted persons remain free.

  1. Mariani Albino, an Italian man, was 53 years old when the EFCC declared him wanted in December 2013. Albino allegedly obtained money by false pretence, stole and laundered funds to the tune of N989,288,400.
  2. Sylvester Osondu Okereke was a 38-year-old Abia State citizen when the EFCC declared him wanted in January 2014.
  3. Badmus Luqman Adedeji, a Kwara State indigene, was 45 years old when he was added to the wanted list.
  4. The EFCC declared Emeka Charles Ekekwe wanted in February 2014. An ex-Fidelity Bank employee, Ekekwe was accused of obtaining N146 million under false pretence.
  5. Olabode Jacob Obayomi was declared wanted in February 2014 when the EFCC linked him with a case of criminal conspiracy, diversion of public funds and breach of trust. Obayomi had allegedly made the unauthorised sale of over N251 million worth of stock belonging to the Ebonyi State Government.
  6. The EFCC declared Oluwaseun Ogunbambo wanted in February 2014, when he failed to show up in court for a N1 billion subsidy fraud the commission was prosecuting him for. Mobolaji Akintunde, Ogunbambo’s lawyer, told the court that his client fell while bathing, sustained spinal cord injuries and was recovering at the Nigerian Army Military Hospital in Yaba. In April 2014, the EFCC told a Lagos High Court in Ikeja that Ogunbambo had fled to Canada.
  7. Kothari, an Indian national, was 60 years old when the EFCC declared him wanted in March 2014.
  8. Sunit Sharma was a 41-year-old Indian man the EFCC declared wanted alongside Kothari and two others.
  9. Kumar Sharma was 46 years old when the EFCC declared him wanted.
  10. The EFCC declared 61-year-old Subramanian wanted in March 2014 alongside Kumar, Sunit and Kothari. According to the EFCC, all four Indians were released on administrative bail but failed to present themselves for trial. They were believed to have fled Nigeria.
  11. Alhaji Mutairu Orilowo was the 47-year-old husband of actress Laide Bakare when the EFCC declared him wanted in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing in 2014. Orilowo took the EFCC to court claiming the commission was prosecuting him unjustly, but that court ordered the forfeiture of all properties linked to Orilowo in May 2014.
  12. Bawa Thomas Momodu, a 38-year-old ex-banker, was declared wanted in 2014. Momodu was linked to forgery and theft, but no news of him surfaced afterwards.
  13. The EFCC declared Desmond Osawaru wanted in April 2014. In 2016, he was still wanted. Reports show that Osawaru was wanted for obtaining $200,000 from a client under false pretence. His unsuspecting victim fell for a phoney boat transaction. He remains a fugitive in his late sixties.
  14. Adeoye Tolu Adeshina
  15. John Samson Akpan of Akwa Ibom allegedly defrauded one Alhaji Umaru Garkuwa, a bureau de change operator, of N3,290,000.
  16. Monday Idaresit Ekpo of Akwa Ibom allegedly defrauded one Alhaji Umaru Garkuwa, a bureau de change operator, of N3,290,000. There’s been no report of Akpan and Ekpo’s arrests.
  17. Godswill Oyegwa Oyoyou was 38 years old when the EFCC declared him wanted for allegedly collaborating with some scammers to hack into his bank’s database and illegally gain control of N6.28 billion in 2014. He worked in the information technology department of a bank. Oyoyou is still on the run.
  18. Hope Rexlawson, as the National Coordinator of Rebuild Nigeria Initiative NGO, allegedly issued several fake EcoBank and Zenith Bank cheques to Goshen Motors Limited as payment for 46 Vehicles. The cheques totalled N73,600,000. The EFCC declared him wanted in 2014, but there was no resolution or arraignment in the news.
  19. Salisu Taiwo (AKA Olusola Enitan), 39 years old.
  20. The EFCC declared Addatu Shitu Adamu wanted after an alleged fraudulent N13 million sale of land to Martin Ezendu.
  21. Liu Zuzhi was declared wanted in December 2014 for allegedly defrauding Sanju Sunny Nigeria Limited and China Railway Engineering No 3 Nigeria Limited. Zuzhi was said to have colluded with a few others to fraudulently obtain millions from these companies before fleeing.
  22. Henry Ikenna
  23. Agbebi Samuel Adebanji
  24. Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, a former Jigawa State governor, was declared wanted in January 2015 after refusing to appear in court in 2014. The EFCC said that there was a subsisting warrant for Turaki’s arrest. Turaki had been arrested and arraigned before Federal High Court, Abuja, in 2007 over alleged N8.3 billion corruption and embezzlemennt of public funds. Justice Hassan Dikko of the Federal High Court sitting in Jigawa eventually cleared Turaki and three other companies of all the 33 count charges bordering on alleged N8.3 billion fraud in 2022.
  25. Harry Agbenu Austin
  26. Mary Agbenu Austin
  27. Titilayo Mary Kayode
  28. Victoria Adenike Adelana
  29. Hamid Bakoji
  30. Ali Egbunu (AKA Ali Igala) 
  31. Friday Sam Obereche
  32. Alhaji Mohammed Hassan Sharrif 
  33. Chike Eric Egwuonwu 
  34. Chief Etim Ekpo Okima
  35. Nelson Nwole
  36. Godwin Ewah Ebolo
  37. Uka Jesse Onyekachi
  38. Ibrahim Saleh
  39. Ikwudogu Ernest
  40. Esther Olabisi Bello
  41. Alhaji Iliasu Olanrewaju Abdul-Rauf allegedly collected N1.7 billion under the guise of awarding contracts for the establishment of rehabilitation centres in different states. The EFCC declared him wanted in May 2015.
  42. The EFCC declared Daniel Erijo Oyowe, a Federal House of Representatives aspirant for Isoko federal constituency, wanted in 2015. A client had accused Oyowe of disappearing after taking millions of naira from the client’s investment.
  43. Auwalu Abdullahi Yakassai
  44. Osita Emmanuel Okereke
  45. The EFCC declared Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina, a former chairperson of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), wanted in November 2015. Maina was allegedly complicit in the over N2 billion Pensions Biometric Scam in the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation. The Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced Maina to eight years in prison in 2021 for his involvement. The EFCC had, however, not removed Maina from its list of wanted people at press time.
  46. Ahmed Tijani Umar
  47. Jerry Ogbonna Obike Phillip, from Ovim in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State, was declared a wanted man in January 2016. He had allegedly withdrawn N45,000,000.00 (Forty Five million naira), which was mistakenly credited into his account in a new generation bank by the Central Bank of Nigeria. There has been no report of his arrest ever since.
  48. Obi James Chukwudi, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  49. Adebowale Mutiu Olamide, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  50. Ogunyemi Paul Yinka, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  51. Ogundele Babalola, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  52. Fasanya Kole Francis, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  53. Saka Oluwatoyin, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  54. Duru Henshaw Ode, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  55. Durojaiye Olasukanmi Ishola, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  56. Lukmon Ajani, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  57. Ayodele Durojaiye, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  58. Desmond Chime Opara, Fraud
  59. Hassan Balogun, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  60. Stanley Ikenna Ibezim, Fraud
  61. Owoyemi Bukola, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  62. Jinadu Edris, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  63. Tanimowo Fatai, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  64. Fakorede John Taye, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  65. Dada Oluwafemi, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  66. Akinlamilo Akinlere, Bank Fraud – Conspiracy, Forgery and Stealing
  67. Government Ekpumupolo (AKA Tompolo), the well-known militant leader from Okerenkoko, Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South-West LGA of Delta State, was declared wanted in February 2016. The EFCC said that two consecutive bench warrants had been issued for Tompolo’s arrest by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos. He refused to show up when invited. Tompolo is currently a security partner of the federal government in the Niger Delta region.
  68. Awwal Muhammed
  69. Chukwuemeka Hector Davis Nwachukwu
  70. Ifeoma Jane Nwachukwu
  71. The EFCC declared Adamu Abibu Adamu, a bureau de change operator, wanted in February 2017. Adamu allegedly received N18 million from the complainants but did not give them the dollar equivalent they requested. He is from Yobe State.
  72. Shogbesan Ajoke Bolanle allegedly connived with eight others to fraudulently transfer millions of naira from a customer’s bank account.
  73. Dekunle Abiodun Runsewe allegedly connived with eight others to fraudulently transfer millions of naira from a customer’s bank account.
  74. Victoria Ishaya allegedly connived with eight others to fraudulently transfer millions of naira from a customer’s bank account.
  75. Godwin Etim is a fugitive who was convicted of a two-count charge of illegal dealing in 115 drums of 200 litres capacity AGO by a Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, in October 2016.
  76. Idris Kwado Usman, an alleged accomplice in the misappropriation of over N1 billion SURE-P funds in Katsina State, was declared wanted in February 2017.
  77. Aisha Shettima Nur (AKA Yagana Ibrahim Bukar)
  78. Susan Elya
  79. Ijeoma Constance Ugwah
  80. The EFCC added Liang Zhang, a Chinese male allegedly involved in business fraud, to the wanted list in 2017.
  81. Junyuang Yiang, a Chinese female said to have been involved in business fraud, joined Zhang on the wanted list.
  82. Christopher Ejike Achebe, the alleged Nigerian collaborator of Zhang and Yiang, was also declared wanted in September 2017.
  83. Haruna Adamu Gazau
  84. The EFCC declared Olufunmilade Adeyemi wanted in 2017. Adeyemi was said to have posed as an Alexander Moses, a professor and defrauded many until he was arrested in Ghana and brought back to Nigeria. Adeyemi was granted bail. He allegedly swindled unsuspecting victims of at least N34 million under the guise of selling property.
  85. The EFCC declared Ngozi Julie Olejeme wanted after she refused to honour repeated invitations from the commission in September 2017.
  86. Ittu Affiong Theresa Tommy
  87. Doron Umansky, an Israeli man, remains on the EFCC’s wanted list. His whereabouts remain unknown.
  88. Hammed Akinola Ariyomi
  89.  Ndubuisi Amobi Ezennia
  1. Ugochukwu Alexandre Sandra Nneka
  1. Omosalewa Ayinla, a former staff of Skye Bank Plc., allegedly forged treasury bills certificate worth N27 million and handed them over to a customer in exchange for the money. The EFCC declared her wanted in April 2018.
  2. Siminilayi Fubara, the current Governor of Rivers State, was declared a wanted man in September 2018. The EFCC accused Fubara, then a signatory to the state government, and others of acting as proxies to several government officials who conspired and fraudulently withdrew and diverted N117 billion from the Rivers State treasury between 2015 and 2018. Fubara ran for public office despite his presence on the EFCC’s wanted list.
  3. Dagogo was declared wanted alongside Fubara.
  4. Lekia was declared wanted alongside Fubara.
  5. Harrisonba was declared wanted alongside Fubara.
  6. Aboubakar Hima
  1. Ayeni Olufemi Oluwole
  1. John Yakubu Yusuf
  1. Salihu Mohammed Abdullahi 
  2. Olubunmi Akinmolatan
  3. Ismail Danjuma Umar
  1. Oluwatobi Sola Ajayi
  2. Noel Bagudu
  3. Yusuf Adebowale Bello
  4. Omotade-Sparks Amos Sewanu
  5. Emmanuel Elegbenosa Aitanu
  6. Ali Abubakar
  7. Simon Oshi
  8. Samaila Musa
  9.  Yusuf Adebowale Bello
  10.  Silas Dayo Gbenga
  1.  Sunday Markus
  2.  Adekeye Adeniyi
  3.  Deborah Osagede
  4.  Andrew Warri Foubiri
  5.  Azubuike Emmanuel Iheji
  6.  Olabisi Rashidat
  7.  Solomon Israel Efosa
  8.  Emeka Ayaunor
  9.  Opagun Oluwasegun Akinola
  10.  Barnabas Johnson Akonjie
  11. Garba Abdullahi Muhammed (AKA DANLADI AUYO)
  12.  Maxwell Chizi Ozum
  13.  Akinyemi Samuel Adedoyin 
  14.  Adeboye Adeyinka Ayodeji
  15.  Okebugwu Ifeanyi Goodhope
  16.   Onyimeibi Bribena
  17.  Biatrice Bribena
  18.   Amaechi Barth Udeaku
  19.  Paul Odogbo
  20.   Precious Williams
  21.  Divine Patience Ojoadale Ichado
  22.  Kabir Pompin Raheem
  23.  Uko Odudu Emmanuel Idungima
  24.   Abdul Adama
  25. Uje Alex Ogendengbe
  26.  Akinbode Henry Olalekan
  27.  Babatunde Olabode
  28.  Christian Otti
  29.  Ogbemudia Desire Osakpolor
  30.  Afolabi Boluwatife Michael
  31.  Binta Balarabe Kubua
  32.  Goni Yilkan
  33.  Rufus John Isip
  34.  Faith Onoja
  35.  Emmanuel Onoja
  36.   Daniel Kossou
  37.   Chika Nosa Agada
  38.  Lawal Moh’d Kazeem
  39.   Iluyomade Tolulope Akinwale
  40.   Owumi Ikomi
  41.   Olatunji Omolayo Olaseinde
  42.    Ikechukwu Reginald Osakwe
  43.  Emmanuel Nnanna Ejitu
  44.    Eric Ocheme Odoh
  45.  Margaret Dumbiri Emefiele
  46.   Anita Joy Omoile
  47.  Jonathan Omoile
  48.  Leno Laitan Adesanya
  49.  Ashay Mervyn (formerly known as Ashiedu Abili)
  50.   Angel Odumodu
  51.  Emmanuel Wisdom Okoh
  52.  Chinedu Alexander Uwaezuok

164. Kehinde Emmanuel Adeyanju

165. Dennis Asega Aliga

 166. Yahaya Adoza Bello

The EFCC is prosecuting Bello alongside his nephew Ali Bello and two others on a 19-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N80.2 billion. Bello was added to the wanted list after he refused to honour EFCC’s invitations. The former Kogi State Governor remains at large while his fraud case is heard in the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja.

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