Finally the cloak has been lifted off the mastermind of Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, NNPC Managing Director’s travails. And the culprit is none other than Julius Rone, CEO, UTM Group. Recently, a scandalous news rent the air revealing details about how the NNPC director’s cook absconded with cash and jewelry worth $6million.
It was gathered that the man, identified as Gabel Segbedji, a national of Benin Republic, took off with the loot in a Toyota Camry car which also belonged to her boss, last Wednesday.
Although reportedly devastated by the development, Esther did not report the burglary to the police, in the hope of avoiding scandalous attention and sensationalisation of the incident. This is because she is currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
But unknown to Esther, the leak about the shameful incident would come from one of her highly trusted friends, Julius Rone. Rone allegedly revealed the theft to the press in premeditated bid to punish Esther. The CEO of UTM Group is reportedly angry with Esther because she refused to give him lucrative oil contracts and grant him deals that negates the principles of fairness and due process.
Thus while Esther battled to keep news of her theft under wraps, Julius, her trusted friend and confidant snuck behind her back make it public knowledge. This is not the first time that Julius Rone would be stabbing Esther in the back. It would be recalled that the UTM boss made Esther’s life a living hell back when she was a big gun in the Petroleum Products Pricing and Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC; because she refused to approve certain money-guzzling and unjustifiable business deals he brought to her table.
This infuriated the oil magnate and according to highly informed sources, he swore to ‘show’ the former PPMC boss the extent of his might. Rone subsequently put together a shady, pressure group and he empowered the group to launch a smear campaign against Esther.
The group petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accusing the former PPMC boss of corruption thus prompting the anti-graft agency to launch an inquest into the administration of the ex-PPMC boss.
Esther Nnamdi Ogbue was the Managing Director of the cash-spinning Petroleum Products and Marketing Company (PPMC) before she was moved to Products Retail by then GMD of NNPC, Ibe Kachikwu, in 2015.
Her fugitive chef, Segbedji, was allegedly recommended to her for employment by a certain close friend of hers, Toke Benson. While masterminding the leak, Julius Rone allegedly insinuated that the NNPC chief obtained the mountain of cash from kickbacks she received from oil marketers