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Deziani: EFCC Detains Newly-Appointed MD Of First Bank Nnamdi Okonkwo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has reportedly detained the newly-appointed Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Holdings Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo.

It was gathered that Okonkwo is being questioned over his alleged role in the transfer of $153m linked to Nigeria’s former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke from the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission.

Recall that the EFCC had alleged that Diezani siphoned $153m out of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and stashed it in three banks in the country.

The anti-graft agency had in 2017 said Okonkwo, who was managing director of Fidelity Bank,  allegedly helped Diezani to take delivery of the money, and kept $40m with the former Executive Director, Public Sector Accountant, First Bank Plc, Mr. Dauda Lawal, in order to conceal the source.

Okonkwo’s detention comes barely three weeks after First Bank announced that he will take over from Mr. U.K Eke as group managing director. 

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