The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday said its Lagos office has arrested an ex-banker and his wife for alleged involvement in email compromise and money laundering. The couple, Rowly Isioro, a former assistant general manager with one of the first generation banks and his wife, Ovuomarhoni Naomi Isioro, a businesswoman, are being held for allegedly laundering $1.49 million through Ovuomarhoni Naomi’s bank account in Nigeria, a statement from EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said.
He said their arrest followed a petition received by the commission from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), through the office of the Legal Attache, United States Consulate, Lagos, about their alleged involvement in computer-based fraud, stealing and money laundering. Uwujaren explained that so far, the investigation revealed that Naomi met one Michael Uziewe (who is still at large) in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America, sometime in 2016, who introduced her to the foreign exchange business.
He said: Through this encounter, Naomi and her banker husband turned their two registered companies, Marhoni General Services Limited and Multaid Plus Limited, into a conduit for the dispersal of funds wired by Uziewe, who allegedly owns Global Investment network.” He 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.
He added that facts had also emerged that each time Naomi receive the dollar transfers, she made over-the-counter withdrawals and sold them to Bureau de Change operators for naira equivalents. This, he said, was in breach of financial regulations that such transactions must go through the financial system.