Peters was declared wanted for his alleged involvement in the $115m (N23bn) bribe given to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, during the build-up to the 2015 election. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has declared billionaire businessman and Managing Director of Aiteo Group, Mr. Benedict Peters, wanted.
[quote_box_center]“Dark-complexioned Peters is wanted in connection with a case of criminal conspiracy , diversion of funds and money laundering. He hails from Abakaliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. His last known address is 8B Agodogba Avenue, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.”[/quote_box_center]
The anti-graft agency said in an official gazette signed by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Peters was wanted for criminal conspiracy, diversion of funds and money laundering.
The EFCC had alleged that the MD of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, helped Diezani convert $115m to N23bn after which it was disbursed to INEC officials. Reporters quoted a source saying that Peters was the person behind Northern Belt Gas Company Limited.
Peters is alleged to have given Diezani about $60m during the build-up to the 2015 presidential election.