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Ex Presidential aspirant Emmanuel Osita Okereke declared wanted by EFCC



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Director General of the National Task Force to Combat Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition, and Light Weapons, (NATFORCE) Mr. Emmanuel Osita Okereke wanted.

EFCC in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, noted that Okereke was declared wanted for jumping bail.

Emmanuel Osita Okereke

Okereke, who was a presidential aspirant under the platform of the Nigerian Liberation Party, (NLP) is being prosecuted by the EFCC on a six-count charge of impersonation, forgery and obtaining by false pretense.

According to the statement, Okereke allegedly forged a document of the federal government titled: “Restricted, Federal Government of Nigeria, National Task Force.”
He is also being accused of having held public offices as director general and director, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of National Task Force, through which along with Ishmeal Chinyere Nwogu, he fraudulently obtained money from sale of employment forms.

“That you Osita Okereke and Ishmael Chinyere Nwogu sometime in March, 2010 in Abuja within the judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory knowingly had in your possession a forged document titled ‘Restricted, Federal Republic of Nigeria, National Task Force, “with intent to defraud, fraudulently used same as genuine to induce the public to believe that your organisation is an agency of the federal government of Nigeria and consequently remitted the aggregate sum of N1,145,000 to you through First Bank account number 3066173170 and thereby committed an offence and punishable under section 368 of the Penal Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (Abuja).”

According to EFCC, Okereke was arrested with several incriminating items, including bulletproof vests, has however, jumped bail and is currently wanted by the EFCC.

“He allegedly operates a syndicate, which maintains offices across the country, defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, by selling recruitment forms for N5,000 in the guise that they would be offered job by the federal government.

“The EFCC enjoins members of the public with information on the where about of Okereke to contact any of its offices in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Gombe and Kano, or the nearest police station.”

Source: This day