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Nigerian ex-President Muhammadu Buhari’s signature forged to withdraw $6m

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Three Nigerian suspects are currently on the run for allegedly stealing $6.2m (£4.9m) from the central bank by forging the signature of then President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria has appealed to Interpol, an international crime police organization to assist in arresting these suspects.

According to a report by the state-owned News Agency of Nigeria, the alleged accomplices are; Adamu Abubakar, Imam Abubakar, and former central bank employee Odoh Ocheme.

They are believed to have fled Nigeria prompting the authorities to seek Interpol’s help with their arrest and repatriation, the State News agency said.

None of the three suspects have commented on the allegations against them.

Authorities believe Nigeria’s former central bank chief Godwin Emefiele may have conspired with the suspects to siphon the cash.

Since May last year, Mr. Emefiele has been on trial for corruption-related offences – 20 corruption charges. The latest include assertions of illegally receiving the $6.2m.

The former central bank chief has however, denied all the charges against him and has been released on bail.

Emefiele has also vehemently denied allegations that he authorized the release of the stolen cash from the central bank vault.

He said these allegations are mere fabrications aimed at tarnishing his reputation.

In a statement last December, he described the allegations as “barefaced lies told by the investigator in order to achieve his satanic agenda”. He called for a “thorough and transparent investigation”.

The alleged theft took place several months before Muhammadu Buhari stepped down as president.


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