EFCC re­leases Omokore on ad­min­is­tra­tive bail

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) has re­leased Jide Omokore on bail af­ter ques­tion­ing him over al­leged cor­rupt prac­tices in the na­tion’s oil sec­tor.

Omokore owner of At­lantic Energy, who is said to be a busi­ness as­so­ciate of for­mer Nige­ria’s petroleum min­is­ter Diezani AlisonMadueke, was on Mon­day held at the EFCC head of­fice in Abuja.

EFCC sources yesterday told Daily Trust that Omokore has been re­leased on bail and ex­pected to be avail­able when­ever needed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors at the anti-graft com­mis­sion in what they say is still an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Daily Trust yesterday ex­clu­sively re­ported that Omokore was ar­rested and grilled for sev­eral hours at the EFCC head of­fice over al­le­ga­tions of money laun­der­ing and con­spir­acy to siphon bil­lions of naira in fraud­u­lent oil in­dus­try con­tracts while Diezani Ali­son Madueke was min­is­ter.

Omokore al­legedly used his com­pa­nies to fa­cil­i­tate bo­gus oil swap deals that cost the coun­try bil­lions of naira.

How­ever, a close as­so­ciate of Omokore yesterday ar­gued that he was not held by the EFCC, but only in­ter­viewed and asked to go.

He said if the EFCC had any rea­son to hold him, he would not have been asked to go.

He stated that hon­our­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from the com­mis­sion did not mean he was ar­rested or de­tained.

He also con­firmed that Omokore had been in­vited many times in the past to EFCC head of­fice to an­swers ques­tions all of which he hon­ored.

He said that the in­vi­ta­tion on Mon­day had noth­ing to do with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Mrs Madueke.

He ex­plained that rather it had to do with pend­ing pay­ment of “cash calls” which is a nor­mal busi­ness trans­ac­tion be­tween his com­pany and the Nige­ria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC).

He ex­plained that the is­sues are nor­mal busi­ness trans­ac­tions where there are le­gal doc­u­mented agree­ments by the two par­ties and ef­forts are be­ing made to re­solve them.

He added that Omokore went to the EFCC of­fice in dis­may af­ter his house and of­fice were searched by op­er­a­tives of the EFCC on Fri­day and Satur­day

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