In this article I will be sharing with you 10 most wanted criminals in Nigeria. Some of these guys are politicians, public figures and celebrities. These guys have been on the most wanted list of FBI and EFCC for their crimes against humanity. Some of this criminals are drug addicts, cyber criminals, fraudsters, corrupts government official, embezzlement of public funds and many more.
These guys have stolen more than $30 billion from Nigeria treasury and American treasury and they have been declared wanted by several security agencies like the FBI and the EFCC.
Last week, 77 Nigerians were arrested by the United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence for alleged involvement in business email compromise, romance scam and defrauding American citizens millions of dollars which were allegedly channeled through Nigerian banks.
The development has triggered the arrest of some local collaborators while the FBI and the EFCC have launched a manhunt for other accomplices. This development has swelled the list of Nigerians on the wanted list of security agencies. So not to waste much of your time, after a careful study and research I present to you 10 most wanted criminals in Nigeria by FBI and EFCC.
Tompolo whose real name is Government Ekpemupolo was the leader of the Niger Delta Militant known as Niger Delta Avengers. He is wanted by the EFCC for N45.9bn fraud. The EFCC filed 40 counts charges against Tompolo and nine others on offence bothering on fee fraud and money laundering. Justice Ibrahim Buba of a Federal High Court in Lagos issued a bench warrant against Tompolo and declared him wanted on January 14, 2016 after he shunned a summon issued on him by the judge to appear in court in connection with the fee fraud charges filed against him and nine others by the EFCC. Buba ordered the law enforcement agencies to produce Tompolo before him on or before January 8, 2016, for him to answer the charges, but rather than appear in court on January 8, 2016 he went underground and became one of the most wanted criminal in Nigeria.
2. Valentine Iro
Valentine Iro was declared wanted by the FBI for cyber crimes. The 31-year-old was declared wanted alongside with 38-year-old Chukwudi Igbokwe, as the lead suspects in the three-year FBI investigation of romance scams, business e-mail compromise, wire fraud and money laundering. At the end of the investigation, about 80 Nigerians were indicted, with some of the accomplices still in Nigeria. Iro and Igbokwe’s role was to ensure the laundering of money deposited by a victim into a bank account or a money services account. He went underground and became one of the most wanted criminal in Nigeria after he was declared wanted by the FBI.
3. Mrs Ngozi Olejeme
Mrs Ngozi Olejeme is on the run for diverting N69bn public fund, and money laundering. The Former Chairman of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund has been living in the shadows since she fled the country to avoid arrest for allegedly diverting N69bn alongside a former Managing Director of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, Mr Umar Abubakar. They were said to have stolen the money by awarding bogus contracts and through other financial malpractices. They allegedly committed the crime with Mrs Theresa Ittu.
Mrs Ngozi Olejeme who hails from Asaba in Oshimili South Local Government Areas of Delta State is a principal suspect in two cases of fraud. She was declared wanted by the EFCC after she left her mansion at No. 14 J.F. Kennedy Street in Asokoro, Abuja. Following her escape, the EFCC detained her sureties, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association in Ikeja, Lagos State. They were subsequently granted bail by Justice Silvanus Orji of Federal High Court in Abuja after paying the sum of N50m, with two sureties who must be civil servants on Grade Level 15. Mrs Ngozi Olejeme went underground and became one of the most wanted criminal in Nigeria after she was declared wanted by the EFCC.
4. Ittu Theresa
Ittu Theresa is wanted by the EFCC for a N1bn contract fraud. Ittu Theresa is a principal suspect in two cases of fraud, contractual malpractices and obtaining goods under false pretence to the tune of N1bn and $1.4m respectively. She allegedly received about N1bn from a government agency as payment for contracts which she failed to properly execute. Furthermore, the suspect was alleged to have fraudulently collected aircraft parts worth $1,416,000 from a Russian company and ran away with the payment. The suspect failed to honor the EFCC invitation and is currently on the black list of the EFCC. Ittu Theresa went underground and became one of the most wanted criminal in Nigeria after she was declared wanted by the EFCC.
5. Aisha Nur
Aisha Nur who hails from Maiduguri in Borno State is wanted by the EFCC for money laundering. A bank worker by the name Aisha Shettima Nur has also been on the run from the EFCC since 2016 till date for allegedly laundering money believed to be proceeds of crime. In November 14, 2016, Aisha Nur was convicted in absentia on 10 counts charges bordering on money laundering. Investigations revealed that the convict laundered money which were proceeds of crime through the accounts of her siblings and daughter, as well as through the purchase of vehicles and stocking of a provision shop. While the cases were ongoing at both the Federal and State High Courts, the convict had jumped bail, consequent upon which judges of both courts issued bench warrants for her arrest.
6. Ijeoma Ugwah
Ijeoma Ugwah is declared wanted by the EFCC for $10m advance fee fraud and employment scam. Ijeoma Ugwah is wanted by the EFCC in a case of criminal conspiracy, employment scam and obtaining money by false pretence. The fugitive allegedly induced the petitioner to pay to her account $10m and another N4m for a fictitious Federal Government appointment. The fair-skinned fugitive is 62 years old and hailed from Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State. She is fluent in English and Igbo languages. Her last known address was at No. 20 Oladele Oke Street in Okota, Lagos till she flew to an unknown destination for fear of been caught by the EFCC.
7. Idris Usman
Idris Usman is accused of complicity in the misappropriation of N1bn SURE-P fund. Idris Usman is wanted by the EFCC for alleged complicity in misappropriation of public funds, money laundering and abuse of office. Idris Usman is a contractor in Katsina town and also the Managing Director of Idris Kwado & Sons Ltd, as well as Aminu Dikko & Sons Ltd. According to the EFCC, the suspect was given a contract of N1bn by the immediate past governor of Kastina State, Ibrahim Shema, who is facing trial for alleged N11bn fraud. Idris Usman is 51 years old and from Katsina Local Government Area of Katsina State. Idris Usman went underground and became one of the most wanted criminal in Nigeria after he was declared wanted by the EFCC.
8. Anthony Onetule
Anthony Onetule is wanted by the FBI and EFCC for cyber crime and hacking. Anthony Onetule, who is currently 34 years old, was declared wanted by the United States Federal Bureau of Intelligence and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly hacking into a computer, theft committed by an organized group, and theft causing damage on a large scale. Anthony Onetule was born in Lagos. He went underground and became one of the most wanted criminal in Nigeria after he was declared wanted by the EFCC and the FBI.
9. Susan Elya
Susan Elya is an Australian fugitive wanted for N20m Forex fraud. Susan Elya is wanted by the FBI and EFCC in a case of criminal breach of trust and obtaining money by false pretence. The suspect allegedly collected N20m from the complainant, promising to help change the money to US dollars. However, after receiving the money, all efforts to reach the suspect failed. Susan Elya who is currently 41 years old and dark in complexion is wanted by the FBI and EFCC. Her last known address was at No. 11, Vernam Street, Maitama in Abuja till she flew to an unknown destination for fear of been arrested by the FBI and EFCC.
10. Doron Umansky
Doron Umansky is an Israeli who speaks both Yoruba, English and Hebrew fluently. He is on the run for fraud and forgery. Doron Umansky was believed to have fled Nigeria after he was indicted for obtaining money by false pretence, stealing, forgery and altering. The 57-year-old allegedly committed the crime alongside Hannah Sobowale and Hammed Ariyomi who are also on the run. Umansky’s last known addresses were at Signature Suites in Asaba, Delta State and No 52A, Tunde Adebola Street in Victoria Island, Lagos till he flew to an unknown destination for fear of been caught by the FBI and EFCC.