Diezani: EFCC uncovers additional $72.87m in Fidelity Bank


Diezani Alison-Madueke

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it has uncovered an additional $72.87 million linked to former petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.

The spokesperson for the commission, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, said in Abuja on Wednesday that Mr Nnamdi Okonkwo, a former Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, has been arrested in connection with the money.

Uwujaren said that the money was lodged in the coffers of the bank.

According to him, Okonkwo’s arrest was part of ongoing investigations on the former minister.

He explained that Okonkwo, who is presently the Chairman of First Bank Holding, alongside others, had earlier been grilled over $115 million and $153 million by the commission.

“While all the $153 million were recovered by the EFCC, the cases involving $115 million, as it relates with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) bribery matter, are in various courts.

“Okonkwo and Charles Onyedibe are currently being detained by the EFCC over the whereabouts of the new $72.87 million,” Uwujaren added.

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