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Why these Eight Nigerians are on Interpol’s Most Wanted List

At least eight Nigerians who committed various crimes are on Interpol’s most-wanted list. 

With 190 member nations working together to prevent and resolve transnational crimes, Interpol is the largest international police organisation in the world.

If a criminal is wanted internationally or if the offender flees to another country to avoid prosecution, Interpol will send out a Red Notice alert to all the security officers in the world. 

The Red Notice is an appeal to law enforcement organisations around the world to track down and capture the offender.

For the eight Nigerians on Interpol’s most-wanted list, the international security organisation has alerted security authorities in its partner nations to help find and apprehend the wanted individuals.

Here are the eight Nigerians on Interpol’s most-wanted list, coupled with their crimes.


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1. Vitus Akachi

In Angola, Vitus, who was born on June 13, 1984, has been listed as a wanted person on an accusation of unlawful firearm possession, kidnapping, and robbery.

There have also been serious crimes committed by other Nigerians living in Angola. In 2017, three Nigerians kidnapped a Chinese at gun point. 

In addition, they took the $11,700 they demanded as ransom, before releasing the captive. 

2. Salif Bouhari 

Salif, 59, has been listed as a wanted person in China for drug trafficking. This crime has been a popular one in China. 

More than 500 Nigerians are being held in prisons in the country due to hard drug cases.

According to the Nigerian Consulate, there are typically three drug-related incidents every week that result in either arrests or court appearances.

3. Nkem Butchang Timoh 

Nkem Butchang Timoh was born on November 25, 1988. He has been listed as wanted in Canada on suspicion of sexual assault and disobeying the recognisance requirement for his crime.

On January 1, 2012, Timloh sexually assaulted a girl at the University of Saskatchewan.

According to Kathy Mahar, who identified herself as the victim’s mother, he was detained, charged with rape, tried, and found guilty, but was not sentenced.

On December 13, 2012, Timloh was accused of a crime. Early in June 2014, the victim testified at the accused’s trial. 

On September 16, 2014, the accused was found guilty of sexual assault. He is thought to be the son of Timloh B. Nkem, a Nigerian ambassador.

4. Okromi Festus

Okromi Festus who was born on June 26, 1965, is wanted in India on suspicion of cheating and criminal conspiracy.

India is one of the foreign countries where Nigerians are known for committing crimes.

The media has been flooded with stories of Nigerians being detained in India for a variety of offences, including cyber fraud and human trafficking.

5. Costa Da Costa Frankle Austine

This 59-year-old is wanted in India on an accusation of forging valuable security and having a fake document in his possession with the intent to use it as a real one.

He is also charged with forging documents with the intent to defraud.

6. Uzoma Eneh Jude

Brazil has listed Jude on Interpol’s most wanted list on the charges of drug trafficking. Most drug busts and trafficker arrests in Nigeria over the past few years have been linked to Brazil.

Another conviction of drug dealers from Nigerians was Ejiofor Felix Enwereaku. 

He was operating out of Brazil and was apprehended by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in May 2021 for bringing 36 blocks of cocaine worth over N8 billion into the country.

7. Asuquo Mbuotidem Edem

The 33-year-old Calabar man has been declared wanted in Ghana on charges of robbery and rape. 

Many Nigerians have the opportunity to travel to Ghana because it is a West African nation. According to reports, a sizable number of crimes in Ghana are committed by Nigerians.

8. Obidiozor Malahi Ikechukwu

Malahi, who was born on June 30, 1979, has been listed in Angola for kidnapping, robbery, and illegal firearm possession.

The fact that most immigrants who engage in violence do it in underserved urban neighbourhoods may be explained by the poor police presence there.


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