The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday declared a business mogul, Mr. Goodie Ibru wanted over alleged capital market fraud. The anti-graft agency is said to be after Ibru over alleged lingering crisis on shares in Ikeja Hotels Plc.
According to a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, Ibru is also wanted for alleged money laundering.
The statement said: “The public is hereby notified that Goodie Minabo Ibru is wanted by the EFCC in connection with a case of conspiracy, capital market fraud, stealing, diversion of funds and money laundering. “He diverted billions of Naira and assets of Ikeja Hotels Plc, owners of Sheraton Hotel, Lagos; Federal Palace Hotel and Capital Hotel; owners of Sheraton Hotel Abuja to his personal benefit.
“Anybody having useful information as to his whereabouts should contact the commission through any of its offices located at Abuja, Kano, Gombe, Lagos, Ibadan, Maiduguri and Port Harcourt.”
A highly-placed source in EFCC said: “We have served summons on Ibru but he is yet to respond to our invitation. This is why we have declared him wanted. “I think it is a board crisis which has made many shareholders to write a formal petition to the EFCC. “Also, the Federal Government through the Bank of Industry has about 13.1 per cent stake in the conglomerate. So, the government’s funds are trapped too.”
There had been a crisis of confidence among shareholders of Ikeja Hotels Plc in the last one year.