Ex-Mint MD to Be Extradited to UK for trial
A former Managing Director (MD) of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company (NSPMC), Mr. Emmanuel Okoyomon, is to be extradited to the United Kingdom to face trial in an alleged financial scam.
YemojaNews gathered from a reliable source at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has already initiated the extradition process, under a Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) request made by the British government.
According to the EFCC source, Okoyomon, who holds a dual Nigerian and British citizenship was suspended in November 2013 by the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the N1000 notes disappearance allegation.
It was further learnt that the former Mint MD has been under investigation by the EFCC, since 2012. The investigation was said to have followed request by the British National Crime Agency, after Australian authorities were said to have discovered that some Central Bank and Mint officials, allegedly received bribes and kickbacks from Securency Pty Limited, a polymer substrate producing company, for the contract to produce N20 polymer notes for the apex bank, between 2006 and 2008. EFCC’s investigation was said to have uncovered a cases of forgery, identity fraud and money laundering running into millions of naira.
He was alleged to have used the names of his driver and clerk to open different bank accounts with which he allegedly diverted several bribe funds without their knowledge The commission’s spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, was not available for comment