Billionaire businessman and Managing Director of Aiteo Group, Mr. Benedict Peters, has been declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for various financial offences.
The EFCC in a statement, signed by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said that Peters was wanted for criminal conspiracy, diversion of funds and money laundering.
The statement 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.”
Mr. Peters allegedly played a role in the $115m (N23bn) bribe led by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 election.
Some of the money, according to an EFCC official, was said to have originated from some oil companies.
The official disclosed that Northern Belt Gas Company Limited allegedly gave $60m to Fidelity Bank on behalf of Diezani.
The EFCC official 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.”