Ernest Azudialu, the CEO of Nestoil and NECONDE, is caught up in the turbulence of steep and harsh commerce, and the sad fact is that he lacks the instinct and judgment required to navigate the terrifying storm. Yes, in a terrifying moment, the truth dawned on theAnambra State-born colorful man.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has sealed Azudialu’s large residence in the clean and opulent Modupe Alakija Crescent, formerly known as Ikoyi Crescent.
The anti-graft agency’s red ink, embarassingly proclaiming that the property was under investigation, is clearly printed on the building, according to our correspondent who was there. As of press time, it was unclear whether Azudialu and his family would be able to enter the house. What is sacred, however, is the fact that the house he calls home is currently under investigation by the EFCC.
This comes at a time when inhabitants of the quiet and elite neighborhood, as well as Lagosians who are aware of high-society events, believed that what happened to Festus Fadeyi, the head of Pan Ocean Corporation, an indigenous independent oil and gas business, would not repeat again.
Last year, the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, or AMCON, took Fadeyi’s opulent property, which had served as his family’s home for decades on the same street. Fadeyi’s Pan Ocean Corporation and its subsidiaries were taken over by the federal government agency due to bank loans totaling roughly N240 billion.
Nestoil’s Azudialu will now take the stage.
High-profile residents of Ikoyi have been left stunned, as he was thought to be a decent businessman despite his wild lifestyle.
Although the reasons for the EFCC’s move are unclear, it is possible that he is being investigated for financial offences. He had a rocky relationship with the GTBank, which alone financed his Nestoil Towers on Victoria Island’s Akin Adesola and Saka Tinubu Streets. The charge at the time was that he failed to service the facility he used to construct the towers.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan benefited from lucrative contracts and lived in luxury as the CEO of Nestoil and a leader in Nigeria’s oil business during his previous administration.
Ernest developed a taste for expensive luxury as income flowed into his accounts, and he became known for his fixation with planes and his predilection for purchasing private jets and high-end automobiles.