- George Turnah, believed to be 33 years old, is a godson of former President Goodluck Jonathan and former SA to the managing director of NDDC
- He is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged corruption
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly ransacked a mansion owned by George Turnah, a godson to former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Nation reports that the heavily armed operatives and soldiers stormed the palatial building located at Kolo Creek, Ogbia local government at about 5pm on Friday, February 3 and searched the entire building till 10pm.
It was learnt that the 33-year-old Turnah fled his multi-billion naira Kolo Creek Villa which he built with a gold-plated fence and gate just moments before the EFCC team arrived. His whereabouts are still unknown while his phones are reportedly switched off.
The report said there was no confirmation of recovered money, but that cheque books and financial documents were taken away by the anti-graft agency currently allegedly investigating acclaimed corrupt enrichment against the former president’s godson, especially in relation to the disappearance of money allocated to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
His whereabouts were unknown with all his telephone numbers switched off.
The report further quoted a source from within the building as saying: “It was a scary sight because many mobile policemen and soldiers were involved in the operation.
“They took over the premises and the road and conducted thorough search each room.
“They broke some doors and used keys to open others. They carted away cheque books and other financial documents.
“But I am not aware that money was recovered from the house. Our master left the house a few minutes before they came.”
Turnah is a 2009 law graduate from the Niger Delta University (NDU) founded the Jonathan Youth Vanguard popularly called Joy 2011, a platform he used to mobilise support for Jonathan.
That was how he allegedly warmed himself into the ex-president’s heart.
He was later appointed him a special assistant on youth matters to the NDDC managing director in 2012 while Jonathan conferred on him the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) award.
After Jonathan’s defeat, Turnah reportedly floated a conglomerate, El-Godams and Celtic Group of Companies with investments in transport, agriculture and sports among others.