The identity of the owner of the $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m discovered yesterday in a house in Ikoyi, Lagos by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has been revealed. Also revealed is the identity of the owner of the property.
While the money is said to belong to the sacked Managing Director, Operations at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a source said the residential building located at No 16 Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, where the money was discovered belongs to a former National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, who was also governor of Bauchi state from 1999 to 2007. He has however denied ownership of the house.
One Akin Oyegoke who identified himself as the “Media and ICT Personal Assistant” to Mr. Mu’azu reportedly called from London to deny that the former PDP chair owns the building. “Mr Muazu does not own any house in Ikoyi except his house at Walter Carrington Street, Victoria Island Lagos,” Oyegoke said. He also denied that his boss ever lived in the apartment where Saharareporters noted he maintains a Penthouse.
However, Etco Nigeria Limited, a construction firm partly owned by an Israeli company; Electral Limited, which prides itself as haven built several residential and corporate complexes in Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Lagos including the property at No 16 Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, listed Mu’azu as owner of the house in their website. Also, sources close to the ex-PDP chair have also confirmed that he is indeed the owner of the property.
It would be recalled that Mu’azu fled Nigeria in 2015 after the party’s candidate; Goodluck Jonathan was defeated in the Presidential Election that brought in the opposition All Progressives Congress party to power. He has since been declared wanted by the EFCC for engaging in massive corruption. He is believed to be living between the UK and Malaysia aided by a luxurious private jet he purchased after the 2015 election.
On the other hand, the alleged owner of the cash, 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.
Meanwhile, revelations have also emerged that in 2016, the cook who served Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, absconded with cash and pieces of jewelry worth $6million! The cook, Mr. Gabel Segbedji, a national of Benin Republic, allegedly took off with the loot in a Toyota Camry car, which also belonged to her.
The operation leading to the discovery was followed by a whistle blower’s confidential alert received by the anti-graft agency in the early hours of Wednesday. Preliminary findings indicate that the funds are suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity. However, investigations are ongoing.