The Managing Director of BGL Plc, Mr. Albert Okumagba, has been arrested by
officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for allegedly
being involved in a N28.9bn fraud.
According to Punch, Okumagba was arrested on Wednesday September 9th
following a petition by the Security and Exchange Commission in May, 2015.
“The EFCC has arrested Mr. Albert Okumagba, Group Managing Director
of BGL Plc, a financial services company, for offences allegedly bordering
on obtaining money by false pretences. The 51year old, who hails from
Delta State, was picked up late Wednesday, September 9, 2015, by
operatives of the EFCC. His arrest was triggered by investigation into a
petition submitted to the anti-graft agency by the Security and Exchange
Commission in May 2015. The suspect is alleged to have diverted the
sum of N28.9bn being proceeds of private placements of 4.3bn ordinary
shares of 50k each at N7.00k per share in 2007. The company, whose
subsidiaries include BGL Capital, BGL Private Equity, BGL Security and
BGL Asset Management, allegedly lured 50 investors from across the
country into subscribing to the company’s shares, promising them
options of liquidity and exit within two years”the source said
The source added that contrary to promises made to them by Okumagba, his
investors were not able to liquidate their assets. He also failed to fulfill a
promise of listing his organization, BGL on the Securities and Exchange
Commission two years after the offer in 2008.
Confirming his arrest, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson
Uwujaren said he was being interrogated. No fewer than 40 petitions were said
to have been sent to the SEC against BGL by aggrieved capital market
investors in the country as well as the Rivers State Ministry of Finance.