EFCC recovers over $50million allegedly belonging to former NNPC director from apartment in Ikoyi, Lagos

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Nigeria anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday stormed a residential building on the 7th floor of a four-bedroom apartment at Osborne Towers located at 16 Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, belonging to the sacked Managing Director, Operations at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue and discovered a large stack of foreign currencies and naira notes to the tune of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m was uncovered.

Nnamdi-Ogbue, was sacked alongside other three top Managing Directors at the NNPC over the missing petrol scandal involving Capital Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited owned by businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah.

Prior to the recent discovery, the cook who served Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, absconded with cash and pieces of jewelry worth $6million in 2016. The cook, Mr. Gabel Segbedji, a national of Benin Republic, took off with the loot in a Toyota Camry car, which also belonged to her boss.

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Photo: Stack of monies discovered in the Ikoyi apartment during the raid.
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Photo: Stack of monies discovered in the Ikoyi apartment during the raid.

The operation followed a whistle blower’s confidential alert received by the Commission’s Lagos office regarding some noticed suspicious movement of bags in and out of a particular apartment in the building.

According to the source, the movers of the bags made it seem like that they were bringing in bags of clothes.

Another source who is conversant with the apartment of interest indicated that a woman usually appeared on a different occasion with Ghana Must Go bags.

“She comes looking haggard, with dirty clothes but her skin didn’t quite match her outward appearance, perhaps a disguise,” the source said.

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Photo: Former NNPC Operations director, Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue

On getting to the building, operatives met the entrance door locked. Inquiries from the guards at the gate explained that nobody resides in the apartment, but some persons come in and out once in a while. In compliance with the magisterial order contained in the warrant, the EFCC used minimum force to gain entrance into the apartment.

Monies were found in two of the four bedroom apartment. A further probe of the wardrobe by operatives in one of the rooms was found to be warehousing three fireproof cabinets disguisedly hidden behind wooden panels of the wardrobe. Upon assessing the content of the cabinets, neatly arranged were US dollars, British pound sterlings, and some naira notes in sealed wrappers.

Preliminary findings indicate that the funds are suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity. Investigations are ongoing.

The facility is said to be owned by a former PDP Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, though the former political juggernaut has denied ownership.

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