Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank MD arrested over NIMASA, Diezani’s secret $5m fund


Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday afternoon raided the head office of another top Nigerian deposit money bank, Access Bank Plc in Victoria Island, Lagos, the third of such raid in one week.

The operatives reportedly quizzed the bank’s Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe regarding funds laundered through the bank by officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

An operative of the anti-graft agency told our correspondent that the source of some questionable funds located in the bank was also traced to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The source disclosed that the Access Bank MD received $5 million that was routed through Zenith Bank.

The anti-graft agency, which has been carrying out investigations on alleged abuse of funds under the last administration, extended its search to the banking industry recently.

Last week, the commission arrested the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Nnamdi Okonkwo, over an alleged $115m received from the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The bank was accused of not reporting the transaction to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit as required by the law, an allegation Fidelity Bank denied.

Fidelity Bank subsequently named the Executive Director, North, Balarabe Musa, as acting MD.

Two days ago, EFCC officials were at the headquarters of Sterling Bank where they allegedly quizzed the Managing Director, Yemi Adeola.

Our correspondent further gathered that three more bank chief executives are also stated for arrest by the EFCC.

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