The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has concluded plans to declare a former executive secretary of a federal parastatal wanted over a $2.1million money laundering case.
About $2.1million (N413million) had been seized at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on July 3, after a bureau de change operator, Ibiteye John Bamidele was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with the cash.
He was handed over by the NDLEA to the EFCC on July 8.
The crime agency had later traced the money to the former parastatal’s chief wanted, following the confession of Bamidele, who said that he was on money laundering errand for the ex-official, The Nation reports.
All attempts by the EFCC to locate the ex-official has proved futile.
According to a top source in the agency, they have been forced to declare the former official wanted as he has failed to show up for questioning.
“The anti-graft agency has been on his trail for weeks, since a certain Ibiteye John Bamidele named him as the owner of a $2,198,900 haul, recovered from him by men of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA,” the source said.
The head of media and publicity of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “We have plans to declare the man wanted. We urge anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Commission or the nearest police station.”
Some days back, the NDLEA arrested a 29-year-old fashion designer, who excreted 44 wraps of substances that tested positive for cocaine.