Vic­tory At Last…Oil Bil­lion­aire, Bene­dict Peters, No Longer on Wanted List

THISDAY - - HIGHLIFE -

The oil busi­ness world is like a per­ilous coast mired in storms. Through its tur­bu­lence, sev­eral men sail like des­per­ate pi­rates, plun­der­ing across the seas for buried pearls and float­ing trea­sures. But the founder of Ai­teo Group, Bene­dict Peters is one of Nige­ria’s most in­dus­tri­ous busi­ness icons, and very few men nav­i­gate the coasts like sea-hard­ened sailors. Armed with mul­ish re­solve and stead­fast spirit, they per­se­vere through the ocean’s wildest tem­pests, hold­ing course and cling­ing to star­board, till they chanced on the prover­bial pliant course.

These are the risk-tak­ing in­di­vid­u­als that struck out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of ac­cepted suc­cess, to pros­per them­selves and their so­ci­ety. Benny is one of the few peo­ple that would be sent to Mars and still treat it as a step­ping stone to Saturn – the qual­ity of con­stant in­ven­tion and self-im­prove­ment that has earned him world­wide ac­claim and pros­per­ity.

Benny has sur­vived sev­eral tem­pests that would have sunk a whole clan. For an ordinary busi­ness­man, that would have been the very end. But Benny is no ordinary man. And he re-laced his boots for the jour­ney ahead. To­day, he has good news to tell.

How­ever, Peters is now a free man and can for­mally re­turn to Nige­ria at his con­ve­nience fol­low­ing the re­moval of his name from the list of wanted per­sons by the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment and the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion, EFCC, who had pre­vi­ously de­clared him wanted on mul­ti­ple al­leged in­frac­tions.

Peters and his com­pany, Ai­teo Group had recorded vic­to­ries in court against the EFCC, in­clud­ing get­ting a ju­di­cial or­der to get his name off the agency’s wanted list as the African bil­lion­aire fought doggedly to purge him­self of the al­leged in­frac­tions, ac­cus­ing the anti-graft agency of a witch­hunt and bias in its bid to present him as a busi­ness front for for­mer Petroleum Re­sources Min­is­ter, Al­li­son Madueke.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion do­ing the rounds, Peters’ is no longer on the gov­ern­ment’s wanted list and is free to re­turn to Nige­ria with­out fear of be­ing ha­rassed or in­tim­i­dated. The EFCC has also delisted his name from its most wanted per­sons’ list on its web­site, two years af­ter the African bil­lion­aire was listed.

In­ter­est­ingly, Jus­tice Oth­man Musa, had in his March 22, 2018 rul­ing in the suit filed by Peters chal­leng­ing his dec­la­ra­tion as a wanted per­son, voided the ac­tion of the agency and sub­se­quently or­dered the EFCC to delist his name from its web­site.

How­ever, like the prover­bial fairy Prince, Peters makes magic; he achieves great feats far across the seas and in­ter­na­tional bound­aries - a re­al­ity too many of his peers and as­so­ci­ates read­ily at­test to. Just re­cently, he was awarded min­ing li­cence in Congo with a com­pany called Bravura. Find­ings re­vealed that he re­lo­cated to Ghana and now Congo, to ex­pe­ri­ence fresh chal­lenges and make even more ex­cit­ing con­quests. Now, he is reap­ing im­mensely from his quest.

Peters

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