EFCC Arrests Immigration Officer, 14 Others for Alleged Passport Racketeering

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a
former Assistant General Manager with one of the first generation
banks (Name withheld) Rowly Isioro, for alleged involvement in
Business Email Compromise, BEC, and money laundering.

He was arrested alongside his wife, Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro, a business woman.

The couple, according to EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, allegedly
laundered the total sum of $1.49 million through Naomi’s bank account
in Nigeria.

Uwujaren, in a statement in Abuja on Monday stated that investigation
revealed that Naomi met one Michael Uziewe (still at large) in
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, sometime in 2016, and introduced him
to foreign exchange business.

Thereafter, Naomi and husband allegedly turned their two registered
companies, Marhoni General Services Ltd. and Multaid Plus Ltd. into
conduits for the dispersal of funds wired by Uziewe, who allegedly
owned Global Investment Network.


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The statement said: “Naomi in statements volunteered to the commission
confirmed she had been receiving monies in dollars, with instructions
to pay the naira equivalent into accounts provided by Uziewe.

“Facts have also emerged that each time Naomi received the dollar
transfers, she makes over-the-counter withdrawals in breach of
financial regulations that such transactions go through the financial
system, and sell them to Bureau de Change operators for naira
equivalents.”

According to the statement, Isioro, a banker of over 22 years
experience confessed that he was aware that his wife received money
from someone she met in the US, and paid the naira equivalent to
various accounts on the instruction of the US-based partner.

Isioro was allegedly relieved of his appointment by his former
employers as a result of his involvement in the money laundering
scheme.