A sacked female staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue has been identified as the owner of the Ikoyi-Lagos apartment where a mind-blowing sum was discovered.
Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue was a former managing-director in the Petroleum Corporation.
The sting operation took place in a residential building in the 7th Floor of a four – bedroom apartment at Osborne Towers located at 16, Osborne road Ikoyi, Lagos.
Recall that following a tip-off by a whistle blower, operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had on Tuesday, April 11 discovered a staggering sum of N4 billion suspected to be proceeds of crime.
According to the EFCC, “the operation followed a whistle blower’s confidential alert received by the Commission’s Lagos office regarding some noticed suspicious movement of bags in and out of a particular apartment in the building.
“According to the source, the movers of the bags, make believe that they bring in bags of clothes.”
The former NNPC managing-director was recently sacked alongside three other persons over allegations of corruption.
The whistle-blower initiative recently initiated by the federal government led to the recovery of the said monies
To ascertain the exact sum, bankers were brought in with their counting machines and the total amount was put at $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m, totalling about four billion Naira.
According to SaharaReporters, top sources at the EFCC confirmed that the money was owned by Nnamdi-Ogbue who was recently sacked over oil sale scandal.
In 2016, her cook, Mr. Gabel Segbedji, a citizen of Benin Republic, had reportedly absconded with cash and pieces of jeweler worth $6 million in 2016.
“Another source who is conversant with the apartment of interest indicated that some woman usually appeared on different occassion with Ghana Must Go bags.
“She comes looking haggard, with dirty clothes but her skin didn’t quite match her outward appearance, perhaps a disguise”, the source said.
“On getting to the building, operatives met the entrance door locked.
“Inquiries from the guards at the gate explained that nobody resides in the apartment, but some persons come in and out once in a while.
“In compliance with the magisterial order contained in the warrant, the EFCC used minimum force to gain entrance into the apartment.
“Monies were found in two of the four bedroom apartment.
“Further probe of the wardrobe by operatives in one of the rooms, was found to be warehousing three fire proof cabinets disguisedly hidden behind wooden panels of the wardrobe.
“Upon assessing the content of the cabinets, neatly arranged US Dollars, Pound Sterling and some Naira notes in sealed wrappers.”
Whistleblowers have become very active in recent days, exposing slush funds and accounts to the authorities, especially the EFCC.
Recently, a whistleblower led EFCC operatives to intercept a cash haul in various currencies at the popular Balogun Market in Lagos.
The monies include €547,730 and £21,090 as well as N5,648,500 .
The total haul is about N250m at the prevailing exchange rate at the parallel market.
The interception followed information that about N250 million cash was being moved somewhere in the market for conversion into foreign currencies by unidentified persons.
Operatives responded timely, met the money in Bureau de Change office, but a chunk of it had been converted into Euro and Pounds sterling.
The BDC operators found in possession of the monies claimed they were acting on behalf of their boss who sent the money to them from one of the Northern states in Nigeria.
Two persons were apprehended in the course of the raid.
Last week, it was also a whistleblower that led the EFCC operatives to a huge cash kept in bags at a Bureau de Change in LEGICO Plaza in Victoria Island in Lagos.
Operatives found N448.85m inside Shop 64, when it was forced open.
“There was no money found in shop 67, but in shop 64, heaps of Ghana-Must-Go bags were found on the floor of the shop.
“When the bags were unzipped they were found to contain bundles of Naira notes totaling N448.85 million”, said EFCC Lagos spokesman Sam Amadin.