N45M payment error, ex Naval Officer dares EFCC to arrest him

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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
Petroleum Resource.

“ 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
stand for.”

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

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