Olu Agunloye, a former minister of power and steel, has been listed as sought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) due to a purported fraud.
Between 1999 to 2003, Agunloye held the position of minister of electricity and steel under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The anti-graft agency urged Nigerians with information about his whereabouts to report to the commission or the closest police station in a post on its X account on Wednesday.
It partly reads, “Dr. U Agunloye is wanted by the EFCC. You know his whereabout? Please don’t hesitate to inform the EFCC or the nearest Police Station.”
The EFCC had earlier invited Agunloye for questioning over his role in the $6 billion Mambila hydropower contract, but he declined their invitation.
Obasanjo had earlier accused Agunloye of mismanaging the power project and challenged Agunloye to inform Nigerians how he got approval without the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to award a $6 billion contract to Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd. in respect of the project in 2003.
In response to the allegations, Agunloye said that he oversaw the awarding of the build-operate-and-transfer contract in May 2003 for the Mambilla Power Project.
Furthermore, he asserted that Sunrise was to be fully funded by the recently registered business, whose declared assets at the time were valued at less than $2,000, and that the government was not required to pay a kobo to Sunrise under the terms of the build, operate, and transfer (BOT) deal.
The former minister was quizzed by the EFCC over the controversy and a suspicious payment that was reportedly traced to his bank account.