The younger brother of late Olorogun Alex Ibru,Mr. Goodie Ibru, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegation of corruption. A post on EFCC’s Facebook account on Wednesday said Ibru is wanted by the anti-graft commission over capital market fraud, money laundering and other related offences. The EFCC further stated that the public is hereby notified that Goodie Ibru is wanted in connection with a case of conspiracy, capital market fraud, stealing, diversion of funds and money laundering.The statement said Ibru allegedly diverted billion of naira and assets of Ikeja Hotels plc, owners of Sheraton Hotel, Lagos Hotel, Federal Palace Hotel and Capital Hotel Abuja, to his personal benefit.
The ownership tussle of these hotels has torn different members of the Ibru family apart. Maiden Ibru, widow of late Guardian Publisher, Mr Alex Ibru, had on 1st December 2014 published an EGM notice of Ikeja Hotels Plc in the Guardian and Punch Newspapers, in an apparent bid to overhaul the company. Her notice of EGM followed an earlier court order arising from an ex parte motion forcing the company to hold the meeting, on Jan. 6, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel. On the other hand, the other members of the Ibru family, led by Goodie Ibru, got an ex parte injunction from the Federal High Court, Abuja, restraining Mrs Ibru from calling an EGM or representing her late husband’s investment vehicles holding shares in Ikeja Hotels Plc. Goodie Ibru’s group said that their ex parte motion was sequel to a bitter litigation between the children of his first wife, Mrs Helen Ibru, and Mrs Maiden, his second wife.