EFCC Declares Billionaire Benedict Peters Wanted Over N23bn Fraud




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,
has declared billionaire businessman and Managing
Director of Aiteo Group, Mr. Benedict Peters, wanted.
Peters was declared wanted for his alleged involvement in
the $115m (N23bn) bribe given to officials of the
Independent National Electoral Commission by a former
Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke,
during the build-up to the 2015 election.
The anti-graft agency said in an official gazette signed by
its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Peters was
wanted for criminal conspiracy, diversion of funds and
money laundering.
The notice read in part, “Dark-complexioned Peters is
wanted in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy ,
diversion of funds and money laundering. He hails from
Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. His last
known address is 8B Agodogba Avenue, Parkview Estate,
Ikoyi, Lagos.”
Peters is alleged to have given Diezani about $60m during
the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.
The EFCC had alleged that the MD of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr.
Nnamdi Okonkwo, helped Diezani convert $115m to N23bn
after which it was disbursed to INEC officials.
Punch quoted a source saying that Peters was the person
behind Northern Belt Gas Company Limited.
The source said, “We have launched investigations into the
companies that gave Diezani money in form of kickbacks.
About $60m came from Northern Belt Gas Company
Limited. We have not been able to ascertain the directors
of the company. However, we found out that Mr. Benedict
Peters is the sole signatory to the account at Fidelity Bank.
“All attempts to get him have proved abortive. We currently
do not know where he is and he is hardly ever in one place
because he has a private jet.”

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