By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared a couple, Onyinmiebi and Beatrice Bribena, wanted for fraud.
A statement signed by the commissions’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the couple defrauded Nigerians to the tune of N2 billion.
“Bribena and Beatrice are both natives of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“Their last known address is No 163 Mbiama, Yenagoa Road, Biogbolo, Bayelsa State.
“Anybody with useful information as to their whereabouts should please contact the Commission in its Benin, Kaduna, Ibadan, Sokoto, Gombe, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Ilorin, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Gombe, Port Harcourt, and Abuja offices or through these numbers 09-9044751-3, 0B093322644, 08183322644, 070-26350721-3, 070-6350724-5; Its e-mail address: [email protected] or the nearest Police Station and other security agencies,” the statement read.
Bribena, who is a pastor of a popular church and Managing Director, Baraza Renaissance Network, reportedly fled Nigeria in 2021, after failing to pay investors their return on investment
After some Nigerians were defrauded by the pastor, they protested in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.EFCC subsequently sealed Bribena’s office.
The Bribenas are also the promoters of Baraza Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited.
“We are dedicated to improving members’ lives via financial empowerment, business financing, thrift & credit, housing, scholarship, etc,” the company’s profile read.
They promised a 25 per cent Return on Investment monthly.
Their company also has branches in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers capital, and some other parts of the country.