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N25bn scam: EFCC files fresh charges against Ibru, others

… plans to extradite Akingbola, Bende, Oye

By Emma Ovuakporie

ABUJA—The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed fresh charges against the former Managing Director of Oceanic Bank Plc, Mrs Cecilia Ibru and two others at large over alleged N25.8billion scam.

This was sequel to fresh discoveries made by the anti-graft agency bordering on money laundering involving the building of Oceanic Bank’s corporate headquarters on Victoria Island in Lagos in active collaboration with the operators of Waves Nig Ltd, a company formerly owned by one of the sons of Ibru and later acquired by Nana Shetu Bende and Dele Oye in 2006.

An impeccable source at the EFCC headquarters revealed yesterday that Oceanic bank allegedly gave Waves Nigeria Ltd a facility of $110million and  N6billion to construct the corporate headquarters of the bank.

Waves Nig Ltd allegedly paid the sum of $10million into the personal account of the former Managing Director from the supposed facility of $110million.
The bank also paid a ten year rent of $22million to Waves Nig Ltd while the corporate headquarters construction was on-going.

It was also discovered that the said building is owned by the company that was granted the facility by Oceanic Bank.

Meanwhile, the EFCC has concluded all arrangements for reparation of Mrs Nana Shetu Bende, Dele Oye and former MD of Intercontinental Bank PLc, Mr Erastus Akingbogbola that escaped from Nigeria immediately the scam was exposed.

Akingbogbola is said to be in hiding in London, Bende in the USA and Oye is being rumoured to be either in the USA or Great Britain.

When contacted, Head, Media and Publicity,Mr Femi Babafemi said “I don’t have the details you refer to but I know the agency is still working on some of the individual cases you mentioned.’’


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