UPDATE | Ex-NNPC Boss on the run over $1.6billion deal with Madam Diezani

Where is the former NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD) linked to a new alleged $1.6bn money laundering and oil deals involving ex-Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke?

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is looking for him for interrogation over the matter but the "big man" sneaked out of the country quietly before the EFCC could get to him.

All his known Nigerian addresses have been checked, he's not available.

Also, 50 top staff of the NNPC are undergoing internal probe for another N15bn retail outlets fraud.

According to The Nation, NNPC management has sought legal advice on whether to hand them over to the EFCC. It was learnt that the EFCC has also sought NNPC’s help in locating the former GMD for interaction on aspects of the ongoing probe of Mrs Alison-Madueke.

But, in its response to EFCC’s letter, NNPC said it could not locate its former helmsman.

The man is suspected to be hibernating abroad.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The former GMD is needed to assist the EFCC in respect of some transactions relating to the tenure of the ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources.

“The NNPC has not been able to locate its former boss who might have gone abroad... Alternatively, we will look for him wherever he is.”