Exclusive: War on graft: EFCC recovers $3.9b from NNPC, Diezani, other ex-officials

The anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered about $3.9billion from the country’s major corporations in the oil and gas industry.

Individuals such as the immediate past Minister for Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke and some other past government officials also returned property and funds to the Federal Government.

Sources within the commission who spoke to BLACKFACE on condition of anonymity stated that the latest figure was not captured in the fact-sheet that was released by the Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed to the public on Saturday.

“This new figure is separate from the one that was released to the public by the government last Saturday. It is an interim figure, since the EFCC is still working to make many of them (ex-government officials) refund their loot,” the source said.

According to the source, the bulk of the sum came from the series of accounts linked to the of the nation’s biggest cash cows, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company.

In all, the two organisations returned the sum of $3.1b to the coffers of the Federal Government while the rest were returned by other individuals.

This is coming just as the past Minister for Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke is said to have forfeited her jewelries valued at about N580 million to the government.

The source told our correspondent that a former Chief of Air Staff whose identity he refused to disclose had the sum of $1m in his custody confiscated by the commission while another one returned N2.3b.

Another major recovery was secured from a former governor of Delta State was also said to have returned $15m.

Our source listed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as one of such organisations that return monies back to the treasury.

He stated that the NBC returned N10b being alleged inflation of collateral funds meant for Digital Set-Top -Boxes.

Others who reportedly refunded money include a former presidential aide (N900m), a media guru, (N750million, a former Chief of Staff and other ex-presidential aides (N420m), an ex-minister (N140m).

Those who also returned their loot include a former Military Administrator (N100m), Fidelity Bank (N49.7million), INEC officials in Oyo and Ogun  (N359millon), an ex-Minister (N2m), ex-Taraba Speaker (N1m).

“The government will soon make the breakdown of the $3.9billion available to Nigerians accordingly. This process is a continuous one once a reconciliation of recoveries is completed.” The source concluded.



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