- The EFCC is set to prosecute Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke either in the UK or Nigeria
- She has been out of the country since President Buhari took over power
- Documents indicting her have been sent to the UK
Damaging evidence allegedly indicting Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former minister of petroleum has been submitted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to the United Kingdom.
The former minister who has left Nigeria since President Muhammadu Buhari took over power has been accused of misappropriating funds from the account of the Nigeria National petroleum Corporation and also benefitted from the Malabu oil scandal.
The Nation reports that an inventory of Deziani’s assets was submitted to the UK to facilitate her prosecution.
The assets include: “A block of 6 unit service apartments on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi,Lagos; six units of terrace flats in Yaba, Lagos; twin four-bedroom duplexes in Lekki Phase I ,Lagos; two duplexes in Banana Island, Lagos; a duplex in Asokoro District, Abuja; a mini-estate in Mabushi, Abuja; a set of 12 terrace duplexes at Omaremi Street, Port Harcourt; a large expanse of land at Oniru, Victoria Island in Lagos; a multi-billion Naira estate in Yenagoa, Lagos; two apartments in Dubai marked as J5 Emirates Hills (30million Dirham); E146 Emirates Hills valued at 44million Dirham; a hotel in Port Harcourt under investigation.”
Video clips of the properties were also attached to the inventory sent to the UK.
An EFCC source confirmed that Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the anti-graft agency was accompanied by some detectives to the UK to submit to UK investigators.
The source said: “The evidence includes an inventory of more than 15 choice properties at home and abroad, her account status, documents and vital video clips.
“The evidence was taken to London in preparation for her trial. In fact, one or two persons indicted in the fuel subsidy scandal are already in detention in the UK ahead of her trial.
“We are also sending some EFCC detectives to the UK to interrogate Diezani on some issues. We need to obtain her statement too on certain allegations against her in Nigeria.
“We learnt that she has substantially ‘recovered’ and we want our team to interview her in London.
“When the trial begins, Nigerians will have a full insight into our findings against the ex-minister.”
“We have placed some of these properties under temporary asset forfeiture. We are still investigating some properties allegedly bought by the ex-minister through some proxies.
“But we have submitted a documentary on all these assets to investigators in the UK. We also discovered a box which was full of jewellery and expensive wrist watches in one of the properties with price tags.
“Some detectives who visited Nigeria from the UK inspected this box which we may transfer to the UK.
“On the $115million poll bribery scandal, we have video clips of how electoral officials and politicians were hauling cash from banking halls.
"EFCC does not engage in personal vendetta. Nigerians will know the truth at the end of the trial either in Nigeria or in the UK.”