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Diezanigate: EFCC to declare Ben Otti, ex-NNPC director wanted soon

Former Deputy Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Bernard O. N. Otti could be declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, soon as he has refused show up the commission office due to fact that he is out of the country.

Bernard O. N. Otti

Otti according to finding had a role to play in the diversion of $153m from the NNPC account which former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke is being probe for .

EFCC sources revealed that 2014 a bank Managing Director collected some money from Otti .

“When we arrested Okonkwo last year, we got information that Diezani Alison-Madueke ordered Ben Otti give the money to Okonkwo.

“We have been looking for Otti for several months but he seems to be out of the country. We believe he might be in London, where Diezani is. He is aware that we are looking for him.

“If he refuses to show up, then, we may have no choice but to declare him wanted.”

Meanwhile the EFCC board is expected to meet soon to decide the fate of the bank executives who were allegedly involved in the fraud.

Sources said “In two weeks’ time, the court will decide if the forfeiture of the $153m will be permanent. Once we can secure victory, the next step is for the EFCC board to meet.

“It is the board that will determine the fate of all the bank chiefs that have been indicted.”


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