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NNPC Officially Retires Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, 2 Others over Missing 130m Litres of Fuel



Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday confirmed the disengagement of officials linked with missing 130 million litres of petrol.

In a statement, the NNPC said it disengaged the staff in line with its ongoing reforms, while also announcing the deployment of others.

The retired staff are: Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, Managing Director, NNPC Retail Ltd; Alpha P. Mamza, Executive Director, Operations, NNPC Retail Ltd; and Oluwa Kayode Erinoso, Manager, Distribution, NNPC Retail Ltd.

Adeyemi Adetunji, is the new Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd; Engr. Lawal Bello, Executive Director, Operations, NNPC Retail Ltd; Affiong Akpasubi, Executive Director, Services, NNPC Retail Ltd; and Agwandas A. Andrawus, Manager, Distribution, NNPC Retail Ltd.

The appointments take effect, immediately.

Following the discovery of $43.4m, £27,800 and N23.2m by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue was alleged to have been the owner of the apartment where the monies were found.

She has however refuted the allegations as Sahara Reporters who made the claim backtracked, saying that the apartment raided belongs to PDP Chieftain Anthony Anenih‘s daughter. It added that the ex NNPC MD lives in another apartment in the same building, not the one raided.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, charged the deployed staff to remain committed to their duties in line with the transformation aspirations of the Management.

A source said NNPC management acted on a committee report in sacking Nnamdi-Ogbue and co.

“A committee submitted its report and NNPC has recommended their disengagement”.

The officials were linked to the missing petrol stored at private depots through a throughput arrangement.

Henry Ikem-Obih, a Chief Operating Officer (Downstream) in NNPC, had on March 17, revealed that about 130 million litres stored at the Capital Oil & Gas depot and over 30 million litres in MRS Limited depot, all in Apapa area of Lagos, were not found when needed.

Ikem-Obih had said the infraction by the two downstream companies was a clear violation of existing contract which prohibited the firms from tampering with the volumes in their custody without express permission of the corporation.

He said the companies were called to explain and given two options to either return the full volume of what was stored in their depots litre-for-litre or pay the full value of the products taken without approval.

He had also mentioned that NNPC alerted the Directorate of State Service (DSS), the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and relevant committees of National Assembly with oversight function on the corporation’s downstream operation to help recover the assets.

The officials were reported to have been advised to resign, but are now officially disengaged from the services of the corporation.


  1. IyaEko

    April 13, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Ha! How does 130m litres of fuel go missing? Did they drink it? Nigeria, we hail thee!

  2. Ms B

    April 13, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Unfortunately retiring from Nnpc is like leaving office as a governor. The severance package is in the hundreds of millions!

  3. Tee

    April 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    @Nira, didn’t you say this woman gave testimony when she got the job. Hmmmm something isn’t right somewhere. It is either we are living with devils or people just use house of God to cover their tracks. I’m still finding it difficult to believe a woman can steal this much from a nation where people live in abject poverty. Oya make Anenih pikin come talk her side. I shake my head for my beloved country.

    • Uduak

      April 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

      I don’t believe this one cos I worked for this woman sometime ago. Very honest and devoted to God. Something is up!

  4. blackbeatle

    April 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    this woman always in the news for one thing or another why??


    April 13, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Hmmmm… the plan to make 130million litres of fuel disappear no be small one obviously a mastermind!

  6. adelegirl

    April 14, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Awww… Aunty Esther… You’ll be fine.

  7. James

    April 14, 2017 at 1:03 am

    No one is even talking about prosecution. If they were complecete in the dissapearance of huge stockpiles of petroleum and the best the government can do is disengage them, why won’t the next person steal. After all, they get to keep their stash.

    Na wa for Nigeria. It really is a failed state.

  8. James

    April 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Ms. Esther is a very good example of “never to judge a book by its cover”. Looks can be receiving.

    • Anon

      April 14, 2017 at 1:13 am

      This woman has always been hard core and that’s why she made it to the top. Now, it’s all over..

    • FasholasLover

      April 14, 2017 at 2:21 am

      Guess what? As per the money without “owner”, Rotimi Amaechi’s name just popped up. Heard the villa is embarrassed that this went public before Bubu was alerted. EFCC in a panic. Damage control in over drive. I’ll be surprised if this doesn’t just die down while Roti collects his money back. The money without “owner” does not belong to this woman.

    • Boss

      April 14, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Na wah. This money without owner. EFCC really f***d up. Lets see how Magu handles this. APC change

  9. Tina

    April 14, 2017 at 8:19 am

    @fasholalover you are not making any sense. This woman looks like she owns the money

    • FasholasLover

      April 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

      It is you who is stupid and foolish all join o. You are now a witch you know what even Magu does not know? You can tell she owns the money by just looking at her on your device? Hian.

    • Razz N Bougie

      April 14, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Sometimes you read some comments and you find it hard to establish what direction is coming from. People defending the indefensible or desperately making a mountain out of a mole hill. The facts are there, but the person is still arguing blinding. In frustration, they resort to insults or start pulling up moronic statements like – “This woman looks like she owns the money”, because they so desperately want it to be that way in order to prove/score a petty point. In vain you argue because they are often influenced by stupid ethnic considerations. SMH!

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not a religious person but the story of the Tower of Babbel in the bible stands out for me. When God wanted to scatter (distract) the people, he introduced different languages (tribes) into their tongues and that caused confusion. This is the problem that Nigeria and Africa is suffering from right now. Constantly being confused and distracted by ethnic demands and sentiments.

      May God help us!

  10. Uduak

    April 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

    This woman does not own this money, I have worked for her before. she is straightforward, hardworking and Godfearing. As for the missing petrol it could all well be a set up.

  11. Ef4ort

    May 28, 2017 at 4:04 am

    Lets see how this thing finally turns out or ends up .iam glad it has been in full public glare. A reminder of how the Jonathan admin and PDP had consistently looted the commonwealtth almost to a standstill with the economy down on her knees. These thieves appear to have hypnotized the nation while the looting went on unchallenged..

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