Deziani and 50 NNPC staff in multibillion naira scandal

Nigeria’s State run petroleum company, NNPC, has been accused as a cesspool off corruption.

EFCC had initiated legal actions against Deziani Alison and later dropped it.

The reasons EFCC gave for withdrawing from Alison’s trial is rather flimsy to say the least.

However, an NNPC’s Group Managing Direct (GMD), who worked with Deziani is currently on the run for fraud related charges.

The EFFC refused naming him, but Codex News gathered that the GMD in question is Engr. Austin Oniwon.

EFCC says the agency is looking for him for interrogation over an alleged ‎₦0.5 trillion naira fraud!

EFCC sources says the agency believes he sneaked out of the country.

According to our EFCC’s source, “The former GMD is needed in clarifying certain deals under his watch.

“He has to assist us in respect of some transactions relating to the tenure of the ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources (Alison Deziani).

“The NNPC has not been able to locate him.

“We believe he might have gone abroad.

“His address overseas is yet to be located.

“We are hopeful that the ex-GMD will be honorable enough to make himself available for interaction with our team of investigators.

“Alternatively, we will look for him wherever he is,” the source said.

Aside from the former GMD, 50 staff other NNPC’s staff are also undergoing probe for an alleged theft of over ‎₦15billion.

So far, investigations have established that all 50 workers have cases to answer on the diverted ‎₦15billion.

One NNPC source stated that “The N15billion fraud was committed in NNPC retail outlets nationwide.

“50 staff have been implicated so far.

“Going by the NNPC Act, we have to exhaust internal mechanism of investigating the fraud before any anti-graft agency.

“All those involved are presently going through internal investigative procedures.

“We have even recalled two former Managing Directors of the Retail Services Unit who have retired.

“We are also seeking legal advice on how to manage the detection of the N15billion fraud,” the source said.

If Deziani, the former GMD and other NNPC staff are found culpable in the loot, will the EFCC reopen Deziani’s case?