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Diezani: EFCC Unveils Recovered Assets As UK Fixes Trial Date

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commision, EFCC, has disclosed list of assets linked to former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

This is as United Kingdom authorities have fixed commencement of her trial for June.

EFCC is to provide evidence, including court order of final forfeiture of $153million allegedly traced to the ex-minister.

Other discovered assets to be presented as evidence against Diezani in UK are: A block of six units service apartments on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi; Six units terrace flats in Yaba, Lagos Mainland; Twin four-bedroom duplexes in Lekki Phase I, Two duplexes on Banana Island; A duplex in Asokoro District, Abuja; A mini-estate in Mabushi, Abuja.

Also found were a set of 12 terrace duplexes at Omaremi Street in Port Harcourt; Large expanse of land at Oniru, Victoria Island in Lagos; A multi-billion Naira estate in Yenagoa; Two apartments in Dubai – J5 Emirates Hills (30million Dirham) and E146 Emirates Hills – valued at 44million Dirham; A hotel in Port Harcourt under and $37.5m mansion on Banana Island in Lagos.

Meanwhile, the EFCC has denied that it was negotiating a deal with Diezani.

A source told The Nation that: “There is no basis to negotiate with the ex-Minister in view of the overwhelming evidence at our disposal. You should ask what purpose the negotiation will serve.

“The EFCC is set for the trial of the ex-minister at home and abroad. It is curious to be talking of a curious negotiation with someone who has a prima facie case to answer.

“The ex-minister has forfeited $153m; we have had far-reaching investigation on her involvement in the $115m poll bribery scandal; we have seized some of her choice properties and she has consistently maintained that she is ready for trial. So, what is the basis for negotiation when we have a good case?

“The UK investigators have gone far on the allegations against Diezani. From the records made available, the ex-minister and four others will face trial as from June.

“We have taken more evidence to the UK, including all court records relating to the final forfeiture of $153million. We have a huge pile of documents.

“One of the suspects on the radar of investigators has been located in London and he is under surveillance”.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) had on October 2, 2015 arrested Mrs. Alison-Madueke and four others, including her siblings Messrs Abiye Agama and Somye Agama, for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering.

The two are directors of Hadley Petroleum Solutions Limited, a company allegedly used for money laundering. Other directors are Ugonna Madueke and Abu Fari.

The company was registered in June 2013 in Manchester, but was dissolved less than two years later last February without filing any account.