Money Laundering: EFCC Arrests Access Bank CEO, Herbert Wigwe

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said it has arrested Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, as money laundering investigations shifted to the Nigerian banks.

It remain unclear the specific reasons for the raid of Access bank and later the arrest of its CEO, but it makes the third arrest within 10 days.

The first bank CEO to be arrested was Nnamdi Okonkwo of Fidelity Bank. His in arrest was in connection with the $115million laundered through the bank by former oil minister, Diezani Alison Madueke to corrupt officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to change the results for Goodluck Jonathan.

Some of the INEC officials who allegedly received the money, N23.3 billion, have been arrested.

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Then came the arrest of Yemi Adeola of Sterling Bank Plc.

Adeola’s arrest on Wednesday created quite a panic at the Marina in Lagos, as gun toting operatives frightened the hell out of bank’s staff and customers before they finally stormed the office of Adeola and arrested him.

The reason is not clear, but some sources are linking it with the stashed money of Jide Omokore, an oil mogul and business partner of Diezani Alison-Madueke.

It was the turn of Herbert Wigwe yesterday evening.

No statement has been issued by the EFCC yet.


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