Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Unbelievable! EFCC Traces N47b, $487m To Diezani

 
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has so far traced N47.2b and $487.5m to former minister of petroleum Diezani Alison-Madueke. The Ibrahim Magu-led commission also revealed that the former OPEC boss has N23,446,300,000 and $5m cash in various banks.

The EFCC revealed the findings one day after a federal high court in Lagos ordered the ex-oil minister to permanently forfeit $37.5m Banana Island property to the Nigerian government over corruption allegations.

But the federal government could still claim more property from the embattled Madueke.

A fact-sheet released by the EFCC shows that “apart from the jewellery, the EFCC…has traced N47.2b and $487.5m in cash and properties to the former Minister of Petroleum Resources in ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“This followed painstaking investigations by operatives of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”

The commission gave the details of the property linked with the ex-minister.

The document read in part: “Also in Lagos, Alison-Madueke allegedly bought a block of six units serviced apartments at number 135, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, just a few hundred metres away from the EFCC zonal operations hub.

“The apartment has a standby power generating set, sporting facilities, play ground and a water treatment plant. The property was bought at the rate of N800 million (Eight hundred million naira) on January 6, 2012.

“Other properties in Yaba, Lagos, also discovered by the eagle eyes of the Commission’s operatives, are located at number 7, Thurnburn Street and 5, Raymond Street. The Thurnburn Street property consists of 21 mixed housing units of eight four-bedroom apartments, two penthouse apartments of three bedrooms each and six three-bedroom (all en-suite) terrace apartments.

“The Raymond Street property is made up of two en-suite 2-bedroom apartments and one four bedroom apartment.

“The Yaba, Lagos properties, which dug a deep hole of an eye-popping N1billion (One billion naira), were paid for on May 30, 2012. The same day Alison-Madueke splashed N900 million for the Port Harcourt estate.

“In Lekki Phase one, an upscale neighbourhood of Lagos, operatives found a twin four-bedroom duplex. The duplex is located on Plot 33, Block 112, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme Phase 1, Lekki, Lagos, with an estimated value of over N200million (Two hundred million naira).”

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