A retired Naval officer, Navy Captain Jerry Ogbonna who is said to
be on the wanted list of the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC for stealing has said the N45M in question was a
part payment of a contract his company executed in 2012 even as he
dared the EFCC to arrest him.
EFCC has said the N45 million was paid into account of the former
military officer in error by the Central Bank of Nigeria, but he
absconded with the money.
In a release made available to journalists in Abuja, the retired
Naval officer denied ever stealing the sum of N45M as was alleged,
rather he said “the payment to my account with Diamond Bank PLC in 2012
was credited for a contract I have with Ministry of Petroleum Resources
for the lease of three helicopters from Tunisia for Department of
“ The helicopters were President Yar’dua’s idea to prevent DPR from
hiring helicopters from the IOCs who they are supposed to police. The
N45M was part-payment of the mobilization for the contract. The full
mobilization is N110 million. So a total of N90 million has been paid by
the ministry for the mobilization.
“However the CBN staff and some staff from Ministry of Petroleum
wanted me to launder the money and share the money without supplying
the helicopters but I refused. This is against my principle and what I
He said the matter is in the Federal High court and International court of arbitration for adjudication.
“I am not on the run from EFCC because they know my office in Abuja
and my residence. I have no need to run from anybody but no one can
intimidate me. Rule of law must be followed at all times. The truth must
prevail over lies. I sacrificed my life for 30 years in the military
for this nation and cannot at this stage change my habits at 61