UPDATE ON N23BN DIEZANI BRIBE: EFCC DECLARES NIGERIAN BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN BENEDICT PETERS WANTED (PHOTO)

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UPDATE ON N23BN DIEZANI BRIBE: EFCC DECLARES NIGERIAN BILLIONAIRE BUSINESSMAN BENEDICT PETERS WANTED (PHOTO)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has declared wanted one Mr. Benedict Peters a Nigerian billionaire businessman and Managing Director of Aiteo Group over a bogus fraud in the tune of $115m (N23bn).

According to reports, the fund was given to the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke as bribe.

The bribe was given to influence the outcome of the 2015 election results.

The EFCC said in an official gazette signed by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Peters was wanted for criminal conspiracy, diversion of funds and money laundering.

The notice read in part, “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.”

Peters is alleged to have given Diezani about $60m during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.

The EFCC had alleged that the MD of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, helped Diezani convert $115m to N23bn after which it was disbursed to INEC officials.

Some of the money was said to have emanated from some oil companies including Northern Belt Gas Company Limited which allegedly gave $60m to Fidelity Bank on behalf of Diezani.

An EFCC source told a correspondent that Peters was the person behind Northern Belt Gas Company Limited.

The 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.

As at the time of this report, all attempts to get him have proved abortive. His current location is unknown and he is hardly ever in one place because he has a private jet.”

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