The Director of Finance of the Rivers State Government, Fubara Siminayi, is among the 59 individuals on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
In 2018, the EFCC declared Siminayi and three other officials of the Rivers state government wanted for alleged money laundering and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of N117 billion.
The three other Rivers government officials include Lekia V. Bukpor, Dagogo Rodderick Abere, and the only woman among them, Harrison Bessi Princewill, a cashier.
However, in the latest list of wanted people released by the EFCC on Saturday, the Commission again named the four Rivers government officials among over 50 others wanted for corruption.
The pictures of the wanted persons and the details of their alleged crimes were displayed in a notice signed by the Commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, and posted on its website.
According to the EFCC, the suspects, “in their capacity as signatories to the Rivers State Government account, are alleged to have acted as proxies to several government officials, conspired and fraudulently withdrew and diverted the sum between 2015 and 2018.”
It added that all the suspects hailed from Rivers State and urged members of the public with useful information as to their whereabouts to contact any of the Commission’s offices or the nearest police station or other security agencies.
Fubara Siminayi is among those jostling to be the next governor of Rivers State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was recently screened and cleared by the PDP screening committee led by Bayelsa state governor Douye Diri.
Sources in the Rivers state government House say Fubara is the preferred choice of Governor Nyesom Wike to succeed him.