Diezani Alison Madueke EFCC declares ex minister’s ally wanted over $60m bribe

Peters is connected to the Northern Belt Gas Company Limited, a company that allegedly gave kickbacks to Diezani.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Benedict Peters, an ally of the former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison Madueke, wanted.

According to an EFCC source, Peters is connected to the Northern Belt Gas Company Limited, a company that allegedly gave kickbacks to Diezani.

The money is said to be part of the funds used to bribe staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the run-up of the 2015 elections.

The anti-graft agency also said the businessman is wanted for criminal conspiracy, diversion of funds and money laundering.

Punch reports that the EFCC source said “We have launched investigations into the companies that gave Diezani money in form of kickbacks. About $60m came from Northern Belt Gas Company Limited. We have not been able to ascertain the directors of the company. However, we found out that Mr. Benedict Peters is the sole signatory to the account at Fidelity Bank.

“All attempts to get him have proved abortive. We currently do not know where he is and he is hardly ever in one place because he has a private jet.”

An EFCC statement signed by Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said  “Dark-complexioned Peters is wanted in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy , diversion of funds and money laundering. He hails from Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. His last known address is 8B Agodogba Avenue, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.”

The EFCC arrested the Managing Director (MD) of Fidelity bank PLC, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo for allegedly receiving the sum of $115m from Diezani.

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