The huge money in different currencies recovered from an apartment in Osborne Towers, Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, Lagos State is not owned by Mrs. Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, sacked officially today by the NNPC as the Managing Director of its retail business.
Mr. Emeka Etiaba, the lawyer to Nnamdi-Ogbue, debunked in a statement on Thursday the news making the round associating his client with the money.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday burst the Osborne Tower where the money in various currencies was recovered. The money included $38,000,000.00 , N23,000,000.00 and £27,000.00.
He said that the money and the apartment where the sums of money were found do not belong to our client. “Our client is as shocked as many other Nigerians at the uncovering and recovery of the said sums of money and wishes to salute the courage and efforts of the EFCC in the war against corruption.
“She also wishes to commend the whistle blowing policy introduced by the Federal Government in the fight against corruption which policy has resulted in large scale uncovering and recovery of monies and assets.’’
“It is our client’s belief that the source and ownership of the said uncovered sums of money is known or eventually will be known by the EFCC in due course. There is therefore no need for conjecture or speculation”
He advised the media to be more circumspect in their publications. The social media especially twitter and Facebook postings have linked her to the money.
JJ. Okojie’s tweeted that “Ex-NNPC MD, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue Named As Owner Of The $50m Found By EFCC”
Lauretta Onochie, in her tweet said: “Sacked NNPC MD, ESTHER NNAMDI-OGBUE OWNS THE $50m FOUND BY EFCC.”
Okay.NG tweeted the denial as “I Don’t Own the $50m Recovered by EFCC In Lagos Apartment – Former NNPC MD, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue.”
Akpraise.com said: “The alleged $50m uncovered by EFCC belongs to Sacked NNPC MD, Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue.”