Former chief executive officer of Fidelity Bank Plc and newly appointed group managing director of FBNHoldings Nnamdi Okonkwo has again discredited reports that he has been arrested and detained for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Recall, the banker in an exclusive chat and video call with The Witness on Friday, debunked the report.
An online newspaper in Nigeria had reported on Sunday that the respected banker, who was recently announced as the new Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings Plc, was arrested and detaiend by the anti-graft agency over his alleged role in the transfer of $153.3 million from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the former Minister of Petroleum, Ms Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Reacting to the report, which later went viral, Mr Okonkwo, in an exclusive chat with The Source magazine, said he was not apprehended by the EFCC as claimed.
“I cannot be in my bedroom and somebody somewhere will be saying, EFCC has arrested me and that I have been in the custody of the anti-graft commission for days,” he told the journal.
He further said, “I have been enjoying with me family [and] apart from going to the gym to keep in form, I have also held a series of meetings with my new employer in the last few days.
“So, I don’t understand what Premium Times is saying. I can’t be in EFCC custody and they will allow me to speak to you.”
Mr Okonkwo is expected to assume his new role at FBN Holdings next year. He is taking over from Mr U.K. Eke, who retires at the end of this year.