EFCC holds Omokore, Diezani’s as­so­ciate

Ex-min­is­ter’s £27,000 seized in UK

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ron­ald Mu­tum, Ibrahim Kabiru Sule (Abuja) & Ibrahim Chonoko (Lon­don)

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) yesterday ar­rested Jide Omokore, owner of At­lantic Energy, who is said to be a busi­ness as­so­ciate of for­mer Nige­ria’s petroleum min­is­ter Diezani Ali­son-Madueke, Daily Trust gath­ered.

Omokore is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the EFCC on al­le­ga­tions of money laun­der­ing and con­spir­acy to siphon bil­lions of naira in fraud­u­lent oil in­dus­try con­tracts while Diezani Ali­son-Madueke was min­is­ter.

EFCC sources, who asked for anonymity, said Omokore al­legedly used his com­pa­nies to

fa­cil­i­tate bo­gus oil swap deals that cost the coun­try bil­lions of naira.

The sources also said Omokore had in the past been in­vited sev­eral times to the EFCC head of­fice and ques­tioned as part of on­go­ing-in­ves­ti­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in the Oil sec­tor.

Daily Trust learnt that Omokore was still be­ing de­tained at the head of­fice of the anti graft agency at the time of fil­ing this re­port, late yesterday evening.

EFCC sources also noted that the com­mis­sion con­ducted si­mul­ta­ne­ous searches on Omokore’s houses in La­gos and the house of the for­mer min­is­ter in Abuja, as she was be­ing ques­tioned in Eng­land.

Sources also con­firmed that of­fi­cials from the United King­dom Na­tional Crime Agency are presently in Nige­ria ac­tively col­lab­o­rat­ing with EFCC op­er­a­tives on the on­go­ing probe of the Oil sec­tor.

Omokore’s ar­rest is said to be a fol­low up to the re­cent ar­rest of Diezani by the United King­dom’s Na­tional Crime Agency on Fri­day over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions.

The agency ar­rested Mrs Madueke along with four oth­ers who were ques­tioned and freed on bail.

Court al­lows Bri­tish po­lice to ques­tion Diezani over money laun­der­ing

...Court seizes #27,000 from Diezani

Mean­while, a Mag­is­trates Court in Lon­don yesterday granted an ap­pli­ca­tion by the Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) to im­pound 27,000 pounds seized from the for­mer min­is­ter.

The cash was seized un­der Sec­tion 295 of Pro­ceeds of Crime Act 2012. The money was seized from Diezani af­ter a raid in her Lon­don House as part of the agency’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Westminster Court on Maryle­bone Road said the money would be held in the cus­tody of the court un­til April 5, 2016.

In its rul­ing, the Mag­is­trate court granted the prayer that will al­low the po­lice of­fice to con­tinue their in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the for­mer min­is­ter over the al­le­ga­tion, BBC Hausa re­ported.

Four other per­sons in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, are also be­ing ques­tioned, ac­cord­ing to the BBC re­port.

Diezani Madueke not Charged to Court - NCA

Con­trary to trend­ing re­ports claim­ing that for­mer Petroleum Min­is­ter, Diezani Ali­son Madueke was charged to court in Lon­don on Mon­day, UK’s Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) in­sisted that the for­mer min­is­ter had not been charged yet.

A spokesman for the agency who gave his name sim­ply as Stu­art, told our cor­re­spon­dent in a tele­phone chat that none of the five peo­ple ar­rested on Fri­day as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pected bribery and money laun­der­ing of­fences had been charged to court.

“I can con­firm to you that none of the peo­ple ar­rested and granted bail on Fri­day has been charged to court”, he said, stress­ing that the sus­pects were still on bail.

The spokesman, who de­clined to com­ment on whether the ex-min­is­ter re­ported at the Char­ing Cross Po­lice Sta­tion on Mon­day as sched­uled, said he would not re­veal the iden­tity of sus­pects be­fore they were charged to court.

Daily Trust re­ports that scores of jour­nal­ists, ac­tivists and some “con­cerned” Nige­ri­ans be­sieged the Char­ing Cross Po­lice sta­tion as early as 7:30 am to catch a glimpse of the for­mer min­is­ter en­ter­ing or leav­ing, but were dis­ap­pointed as she failed to show up af­ter wait­ing for sev­eral hours.

The UK’s anti-crime Agency, NCA week­end said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led to the ar­rest of the for­mer min­is­ter and four oth­ers be­gan in 2013 un­der the Pro­ceeds of Cor­rup­tion Unit, and trans­ferred to the NCA ear­lier this year.

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