Sunday, 16 July 2017

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Kola Aluko & Jide Omokore - The dirty corruption allegations from US department of justice

Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, has been reportedly indicted for receiving a bribe in order to awards contracts worth $1.5 billion.

According to Financial Times, the former minister’s assets, a 200-foot yacht and a Manhattan condominium, worth $144 million have been seized by US prosecutors.

The report states that from 2011 to 2015, two Nigerians, Kolawole Aluko and Olajide Omokore, allegedly conspired with others to the bribe Diezani.

US assistant attorney-general, Kenneth Blanco, said, “the United States is not a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption.

“If illicit funds are within the reach of the United States, we will seek to forfeit them and to return them to the victims from whom they were stolen.”

Then in another damming report, Diezani once threatened to reveal everything that transpired in the controversial fraudulent transactions between her and co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.

The former minister reportedly made the comment in a recorded telephone conversation obtained by the prosecutors probing the corruption allegations against her.

Details of the conversations have now been filed as part of a civil complaint by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) seeking the forfeiture of over $144 million slush fund.

In the recorded conversation with Aluko, Diezani said she helped her co-conspirators secure the multi-billion dollars Strategic Alliance Agreements (SAAs) deals.

Diezani who was furious at the acquisition of assets by Aluko and Omokore, said they may invite law enforcement agencies due to their lavish lifestyle.

She chided Aluko for buying a $80 million yacht instead of renting one.

“You and Jide [i.e., OMOKORE] had some of the most support that we could possibly give. At a time when we’re not doing anything else, we stuck our necks out regarding the SAA and we supported it. [INAUDIBLE] How the two of you have ruined it is incredulous and incredible to all of us,” she said.

“I spoke to you several times about your general behaviour, acquisition of assets, etc., asking you to be a bit more careful because [INAUDIBLE] will start following you. I remember we had this open discussion more than once. You kept telling me that there was no issue because you did it in a certain way, you did it in a certain—and I kept telling you that it doesn’t matter how you do it.

“Once you start acquiring, acquiring, acquiring at a certain level, then you’ll be—whether you like it or not, whether it was done in the most transparent—you understand?— manner or not, because they will want to trace where it came from. This is an age of terrorism.

“If you want to hire a yacht, you lease it for two weeks or whatever. You don’t go and sink funds into it at this time when Nigerian oil and gas sector is under all kinds of watch, as we have been for some time, and where Atlantic [i.e., AEDC and/or AEBD] itself has been the subject of all kinds of speculation,” she said.

In the recorded audio, the minister threatened that she was ready to reveal everything that transpired between them to Nigerians.

“I said tell him [i.e., ALUKO] to bring everything out, and then you know what will happen? No problem, I will be happy to escort all of you to jail along with myself. I said, in fact, you’ll be shocked by what I will do. Because when it comes to that, I will come out and tell the Nigerian people this is what happened.

“Oh, yes, I will blame myself, but it [INAUDIBLE] place and everything. Anything they want to say, I am happy to go. But I will come out openly and say it so that they can judge me openly. And then all of us go and sit on the gate. Let us see who survived [INAUDIBLE], me or you,” she said.

The forfeiture notice filed by the US department of justice (DOJ) to recover $144 million assets from Diezani has also reportedly revealed the source of her lavish lifestyle.

The prosecutors said Omokore and Aluko bought luxurious items for Diezani in a bid to receive contracts.

The notice said between August 2011 and January 2014, Aluko and his company Tracon investments Ltd made £537,922 in rental payments for two central London residences both located at 22 St. Edmunds.

It said that flat 19 of London NW8 7QQ was occupied by Diezani, while flat 6 was occupied by Diezani’s mother at the time.

It also said between December 2012 and July 2014, Aluko and Tekna, another company owned by him, paid £393,274 for car hire.

Omokore and Energy Property Development Ltd paid at least £4,424 to the chauffeur company, the notice said.

Aluko also allegedly wired $262,091 and $280,595 to two furniture stores in Texas for Diezani on May 4, 2012, and June 1, 2012, respectively.

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