The huge money in different currencies recovered from an apartment on Osborne Road, Ikoyi Lagos, is not owned by Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, a former Managing Director at Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a statement by her lawyer has said.
Emeka Etiaba, the lawyer to Nnamdi-Ogbue, in a statement on Thursday, debunked the report associating his client with the money.
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday raided the apartment located at No 16 Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, where the money in various currencies was recovered.
$43.4m, N23.2m and £27,800 were discovered in fire-proof cabinets in the apartment.
He said that the money and the apartment where the sums of money were found do not belong to his client.
“Our client is as shocked as many other Nigerians at the uncovering and recovery of the said sums of money and wishes to salute the courage and efforts of the EFCC in the war against corruption.” he said.
“She also wishes to commend the whistle blowing policy introduced by the Federal Government in the fight against corruption which policy has resulted in large scale uncovering and recovery of monies and assets.’’
“It is our client’s belief that the source and ownership of the said uncovered sums of money are known or eventually will be known by the EFCC in due course. There is, therefore, no need for conjecture or speculation,’’ he added,
He advised the media to be more circumspect in their publications.
Online news medium Sahara Reporters had alleged that the apartment belonged to Nnamdi-Ogbue.
Sahara Reporters later backtracked, saying the apartment belonged to PDP Chieftain, Anthony Anenih‘s daughter.
The news platform has however maintained that the building is owned by Adamu Muazu, former National Chairman of the PDP.