Investigators of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] have revealed that a whopping N47.2 billion and $487.5 Million in cash and properties have so far been traced to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke was a minister during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
A search of one of Alison-Madueke’s palatial residences in Abuja, by EFCC operatives turned up boxes of gold, silver and diamond jewellery, worth several million pounds sterling.
Apart from the jewellery, the anticorruption agency traced the said N47.2 billion and $487.5 million in cash and properties to Diezani.
The former minister, who has been in London since the birth of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, has however continued to deny any financial misdeed.
She insists she is being severely maligned and persecuted by the EFCC.
But, on the strength of weighty evidences placed before Nigerian courts, there are a string of judicial pronouncements ordering the forfeiture of all allegedly ill-gotten wealth to Alison-Madueke’s former employers, the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The property is designated Building 3, Block B, Bella Vista Plot 1, Zone N, Federal Government Layout, Banana Island Foreshore Estate.
It has 24 apartments, 18 flats and six penthouses, according to the court process filed before the court by EFCC.
The court also ordered the temporary forfeiture of the sums of $2,740,197.96 and N84,537,840.70, said to be part of the rent collected on the property.
The money was alleged to have been kept in commercial bank in Lagos.
The temporary forfeiture orders were made sequel to an ex parte application brought before the court by EFCC counsel, Mr. Anselem Ozioko.
Moreover, Court papers in recent Elombah.com report revealed in graphic details how oil businessmen, Kolawole Akanni Aluko and Jide Omokore laundered the $1.7 billion creamed off the questionable oil swap transactions between them and the NNPC, during Diezani’s tenure.
Some of the money laundered through the United States and which have been used to acquire assets are now the subject of a forfeiture bid by the United States Justice Department.
But the filings in a Lagos court have provided the most insightful details yet into how the entire money was laundered, while the Nigerian treasury was left dry and emasculated.
According to an affidavit sworn at the Federal High Court by Isaac Kehinde Oginni, a lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice, both Aluko and Omokore lifted and sold allotted Nigeria’s crude oil.
While they were paid for their service, they deliberately diverted to private use, what was due to the Nigerian Federal Government in the sum of $1,762,338,184.40.
It could be recalled that the first alarm that the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN], Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi raised was that $49 billion was stolen and unremitted into the federation account by Diezani and her crew.
Ex-President Jonathan struggled to explain the impossibility in stealing such a huge sum.
He argued that “if such amount was stolen, America will know”.
His reason for postulating that America will know was because the money was said to be in dollars and that the USD was American currency.
Sanusi was later boxed into a corner to reduce the figure and then eventually suspended.
Presently, it seems that the woman President Jonathan stationed over the nation’s goose that lays the golden eggs did not only steal the egg but also the goose.
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