$6.2m CBN Heist: Interpol Sought to Nab Suspects Allegedly Using Forged Buhari Signature

Nigerian authorities have turned to Interpol for assistance in apprehending three individuals suspected of stealing a staggering $6.2 million from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The brazen heist, allegedly involving forged signatures and potential high-level collaboration, has sent shockwaves through the nation.

According to reports, the suspects allegedly conspired with former CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele to orchestrate the theft. While Emefiele himself has not been formally accused, authorities believe he played a role in the scheme. The alleged accomplices include Adamu Abubakar, Imam Abubakar, and Odoh Ocheme, a former employee of the CBN.

The government ordered their arrest late on Tuesday, hours after Boss Mustapha, a senior official in ex-President Buhari’s administration, testified in Mr Emefiele’s trial.

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Mr Mustapha told the court in the capital, Abuja, that neither he nor Mr Buhari had given their signatures to approve the withdrawal of the $6.2m.

“Looking at the signature, it is a faint attempt at reproducing [former] President Buhari’s signature,” Mr Mustapha said.

When shown the document used to withdraw the funds, Mr Mustapha said it “did not emanate from the office of the president”, he added.

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