U.S. prosecutors expose how Alison-Madueke, Omokore, Aluko blew billions on ‘lavish lifestyle’

Former Petroleum Miniister, Diezani Allison-Madueke
Former Petroleum Miniister, Diezani Allison-Madueke

Prosecutors in the United States have provided details of how Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and her two businessmen-allies, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko, lavished billions of naira on property and luxury items in the U.S. and United Kingdom.

The trio have, in the last two years, been at the centre of many investigations and court actions around management of Nigeria’s oil industry.

Last year, the Nigerian government filed for a court order for world-wide seizure of multi-billion naira asset linked to the two men, described as close allies of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

In a civil forfeiture notice filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, DoJ, on Friday, prosecutors narrated how the two businessmen allegedly conspired to bribe the former minister purchasing property worth millions of dollars in London for Mrs. Alison-Madueke and her family.

LAVISH LIFESTYLE

Prosecutors described the two men as financiers of the former minister’s lavish lifestyle’.

The two are accused of  buying a total of four residential properties in and around London worth 11.45 million, and furnished them with furniture, artwork and other luxury items, the Financial Times reports.

In one day in May 2012, Mr. Aluko was said to have wired $461,500 and $262,091 to two furniture stores in Houston from a Swiss bank account, on behalf of Mrs. Alison-Madueke, the civic complaint claimed.

The bribe, according to prosecutors, was in exchange of $1.5 billion worth of oil deal awarded  to two shell companies linked to the two men.

Prosecutors described  the two companies as “unqualified” for the deal but were nonetheless given the contracts for sale of crude oil worth $1.5 billion.

The businessmen then allegedly plotted more shell companies to launder the proceeds through the United States.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported on how Mr. Omokore was quizzed by operatives of EFCC over  allegations of fraud and diversion through his company, Atlantic Energy.  Mr. Omokere was later charged to the court alongside his alleged accomplices.

COST OF BRIBERY

U.S. prosecutors are now moved  to seize $144 million in asset linked the two men, comprising a 200-foot yacht and a Manhattan property one block from Central Park, describing them as fruits of an international bribery scheme.

Among the asset is Mr Aluko’s vessel, Galactica Star, described as “world’s largest fast displacement yacht”, along with condominium units in Manhattan and real estate in Southern California.

“The United States is not a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption,”  Financial Times quoted acting assistant attorney-general Kenneth Blanco as saying. “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.”


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  • AryLoyds

    I no be Thief, you be thief , I no be robber , you be arm robber !!!!!

    • Julius

      Baba Fela of blessed memory !!

  • Jb

    Makarfi and this kind of looter wants to take over Nigeria again. Never in the his of Nigeria will these group of looters have access to oil money.

    • Odigbo Onyejekwe

      Why are you so naive??? APC has proven to Nigerians that they have the worst looters and all the former looters in PDP have decamped to APC.

      • MilitaryPolice01

        My brother, I have since stopped engaging these type of fellows who till today find it hard to see that there is no difference between PDP and APC. If they cannot understand such basic fact, then engaging them will cost you your own intelligence.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    “The United States is not a safe haven for the proceeds of corruption,” Financial Times quoted acting assistant attorney-general Kenneth Blanco as saying. “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.”
    ——————————-
    Financial Times in all its report failed to concede that for such enormous amounts to be laundered, there had to be willing accomplices i.e. American officials within the system that made such transactions smooth and possible. Like their counterparts in other western capitals, they maintain a moral high ground while apportioning sole blame to the looters and business men from the ‘third world’ countries and never on their officials and financial institutions who bank this money and use the proceeds to invest in developing their own countries. They, unlike those in Africa and other developing regions, well steeped in the very covert art of corruption, the type you cannot see even at close proximity.

    • Sword of Damocles

      You be real military police. Nice insight

    • Sanssouci

      I disagree bro, moral burden is on us squarely, I dont know kola aluko from anywhere but I bet you that he has even first and second cousins that have no access to potable water. If knowing that, he still would rather plunder resources that could help his people live beyond the age of 50 and not die of malaria and cholera, to buy the largest yacht in the world why should a swiss banker lose sleep over that? By blaming the bankers you believe the african man has no brain and is at a point of disadvantage for example like statutory rape, if a 15 year old sleeps with you it is rape even if she instigated it and enjoyed it because according to the law she cannot consent. Is it Diezani or Omokore or Aluko that don’t understand the ramifications of their actions.

      • MilitaryPolice01

        My brother, am not at the slightest trying to take blame off Aluko and Omokare, not at all, they no doubt have committed a crime but for every crime if you look closely enough – there is also a willing accomplice either without or within to make it possible.
        I am just trying to point out that like most western reporters, David Lynch who did this report for FT failed to also highlight the fact that there were American accomplices, govt regulatory officials who deliberately looked the other way and bank officials who happily housed these funds without the normal due checks. If they did the needful and asked the necessary questions, the money wouldnt have come into the States in the first instance. Like others, they do it deliberately for the proceeds and interests it will yield them and then after so many years at the threat of a probe or exposure they come with pretense like this about wanting to return the stolen funds.

  • The Truth

    So what exactly is the crime of Jide Omikri and Kola Aluko? that they bribed government official to get contract? or that they made profit and decided to spend there profit on expensive gifts? more noise without substance. premium times should clarify. In the mean time they should tell osinbanjo and magu to immediately start prosecution of the SGF grass cutter that they have clear evidence of theft on, and stop supporting and covering up.corruption in the Presidency

    • Jb

      Yes the likes of PDP members and their supporters will not see this as crime because there father once said it that ”stealing is not corruption” I am surprise at the way you are responding.

    • Julius

      They got a contract, got paid and never executed . How is that ?

    • Peter_Edo

      You just wan defend evil, carry go!!!

    • Lukman Asifat

      Your name contradict your submission on this platform.For once talk objectively.

    • princegab

      Their crime? Money laundering, as if you need to be told. Continue to deceive yourself, you hia?

    • Kola

      They used their profit? This is a US prosecutor on their cases not one officer Kasali in Kogi. These guys stole your money, do you get that? They stole money meant for your roads, hospitals, schools, electricity. They spent the money on yatchs, expensive apartments, they bought Rolls Royces for side chics. These guys were running rampant in the US, girls referring to them as their African princes because there was nothing out of reach for them, shopping sprees, private jets, etc. These guys did not remit money that was meant for the country, this was no profit. Guys make profit in Nigeria everyday, US prosecutors are not on their necks. Lets use our heads here sometimes, these guys don’t send you. Well, except you’re one of their beneficiaries

      • Rumournaire

        That fellow who calls himself “The Truth” is simply incapable of joining the dots. He cannot see that when someone lifts Nigeria’s crude oil without paying for it, it means there will be no money to pay salaries, provide electricity, roads, water, health care, etc. When someone reads all these revelations and still wonders what Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko did wrong, you can understand the level of intelligence.

  • pointsblank

    @MilitaryPolice01:disqus

    Goodluck Jonathan made his bad choices
    and chose money as his own God so atrociously he disgraced the class of
    university-educated Nigerians by running public administration at the same
    level as an illiterate without thought=process or ethical compass. Within months
    of taking office Goodluck Jonathan became the butt of all jokes for his embarrassing
    verbal blunders and mostly un-educated expressions in public. But for stolen
    and missing funds Goodluck Jonathan was not hilarious. He featured in all thefts
    so far uncovered as either approving or masterminding it under the colour of
    presidential office. Goodluck Jonathan’s alleged loot now exceeds all of
    General Abacha’s $3.5 billion loot . As more revelations come into public
    domain Goodluck Jonathan will, as likely as not, earn his infamous spurs, as
    the worst rogue president Nigeria’s ever had.

    • joe

      Right on point. That guy is a disgrace to anything he is associated with – Academia,, Bayelsa State, the South South, Nigeria, Africa, and indeed the Human race!

      • pointsblank

        @Ola_joe:disqus

        The APC party in power listed the funds unaccounted for by the JONATHAN regime to include:

        • 3.8 trillion Naira out of the 8.1 trillion Naira earned from crude oil (2012-2015) withheld by NNPC.
        • 2.1 billion US dollars from Excess Crude Account unaccounted for.
        • Department of Petroleum Resources’ un-remitted 109.7 billion Naira royalty from oil firms.
        • 6 billion US dollars allegedly looted by some Ministers of the Jonathan Administration.
        • 160 million barrels of crude worth 13.9 billion US dollars lost between 2009 and 2012.
        • 15 million US dollars from botched arms deal yet to be returned to Nigeria.
        • 13 billion US dollars​ in NLNG dividends mostly unaccounted for.
        • 30 billion Naira rice waiver​.
        • 183 billion naira​ unaccounted for at the Niger Delta Development Commission.

        • Bully-hong-ho

          @Ola_joe:disqus

          But any pedestrian northerner who is also a Muslim is

          deemed qualified for public office in Buhari’s un-educated eyes. With such tribal
          mindset it is no surprise that Muhamadu Buhari has fumbled and wobbled on the
          job too as the worst president Nigeria has ever had.

          Within 12 months
          in office Buhari worsened and messed up Nigeria so badly that the country’s
          economy shrank in the year 2016 for the first time in 25 years. Today, in effect
          of ongoing economic recession solely stoked by Buhari’s economics ignorance,
          there are now 28 million un-employed youths in Nigeria, according to the latest
          figures from the National Bureau of Statistics. A huge tragedy befell Nigeria with
          Muhamadu Buhari’s election. Those who voted him in caused a decline and fall
          of Nigeria.

          • Lukman Asifat

            You can’t even manage your own immediate family talk less of your family compound.

          • Bully-hong-ho

            @lukman_asifat:disqus

            MUHAMADU BUHARI IS AS MUCH A MESS AS GOODLUCK JONATHAN.

            NIGERIA DESERVES FAR BETTER THAN EITHER MAN AS PRESIDENT.

          • princegab

            This your endless self deceit. Continue you hia?

          • Bully-hong-ho

            @princegab:disqus

            APC party should be taken with a pinch of salt. It tells lies and exaggerates as much as it makes
            false claims. If truly these sums listed above – all said to total eleven (11) trillion Naira at 2015

            Naira value was stolen by Jonathan’s federal nominees, aides and appointees, why have the
            prisons been so empty since the year 2015, without a single financial criminal behind bars?

            The only logical answer is the
            APC either blew up the figures to concoct a huge scandal or Buhari’s government
            is utterly incompetent and just unable to fight corruption. There’s no third answer
            if truly these exact figures were stolen and known to the Buhari’s government to
            have been stolen on specific dates.

          • princegab

            The looting is true and much more was looted. I’m not deceiving myself you hia.

          • Kola

            so you don’t see the correlation between the bad economy and the unhinged theft in the past admin, then coupled with the dramatic fall in oil prices. You guys always just want to turn a blind eye to what happened before this admin came in. I’m not saying this admin has been perfect but abeg the stealing the past admin took part in will affect Nigeria for years. Obama left a good economy that even a buffoon like Trump can come in now and things are still going OK. If Jonathan left a solid economy, there’s no way things would have deteriorated so quickly. There’s evidence of the massive theft everywhere but you guys have failed to see it. The corrupt culture they left behind is even almost worse than the stealing itself because that will take decades to eradicate with consistent effort. For that reason, Nigerians don’t want to be productive, they just want to be rich.

          • Rumournaire

            You can see the calibre of some of the people participating in this online conversation – People who are not intelligent enough to know that if you squandered your wealth yesterday, you must be ready to go hungry today. Either out of ignorance or sheer political bigotry, they cannot see that the raping of the economy by the previous administration is what led us to where we are today.

        • Tunde

          My Goodness! Dis man fall my hand! Haba! With this type of loot why won’t we be in recession! If this money was saved or used appropriately maybe we could have avoided some of the blunders this govt made in getting us into recession! But that’s “20/20 vision had I known talk”. And PDP think they will wrest power back in 2019! Jokers! We don’t want your type of brazen thievery back. We’ll stick with this current devil or if there is a better alternative! Kai! Naija thieves! Haba!

        • princegab

          My buroda, only if these guys had given us electricity 24/7, tori would have been different today.
          God will not give looters rest.

          • Mallam Abubakar

            Ameeeeeen o_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_Oo_O!

        • Kay

          Those were the roads taken that led us to recession. Remember that the then finance minister said, during the last quarter of 2014, that bad days were ahead and that Nigeria was broke. For the first four months of 2015, the federal government of Nigeria had to borrow money to pay the civil servants, while as many as 27 states, for the first time in the history of Nigeria, could not pay salary again; they owed several month arrears of salary backlogs.

    • princegab

      The cool truth, thanks

  • Julius

    Some will be traced to JOnathan soon. What was the FBI doing when all that was going on in the first place ?

    • dami

      They were bugging phone’s lines, gathering evidence and building a case for future prosecution as you have read above….Jonathan did not believe that anything was going on and was therefore useless to do anything…that’s if he wasn’t part of it.

      • Julius

        Oh, Jona was fully aware of what was going on because he was a part of it. There is no chance in hell that all that was happening without him knowing any of it. As for the FBI, I would rather like them stopping the crime rather than building a case for it.

        • whereto

          Abeg leave FBI alone o. We can’t steal our own resources and expect FBI to stop us. We should just be happy they are now involved in the witch hunt of political enemies in Nigeria.
          Meanwhile, Jona said America will know if plenty money was stolen in Nigeria. At least no one can accuse him of cluelessness in this instance.

          • Julius

            I do agree with you about us stealing ourselves blind but, my issue with the FBI is their hypocrisy. They knew who is who in corruption but kept quiet because it benefits their country. By the way, who told you that they give a shit about our political nonsense to be participating in witch hunting political enemies in Nigeria ? Trump is keeping them busy now enough already.

          • whereto

            My brother look at the big picture. I completely agree with you about their hypocrisy. As we say, na today? However, I’d like to focus more on the boost a successful prosecution will give to the struggling anti corruption fight.
            You missed my sarcasm on the witch hunt claims. I’m only agreeing with the thieves and their supporters that Trump has now officially picked up an APC membership card.

          • Julius

            Yes oo, you are right. No be na today dem start. I got you now. I think we are on the same page. Much respect.

          • Julius

            lol@rump has now officially picked up an APC membership card !!

  • Dan_Arewa

    GEJ administration is the must momentum Failure in the history of Nigerian democracy. They stole more than what they spend on Nigerian projects. Shame on those that support him. They sponsored one of the must deadliest terror group in the world.

  • Chuma Anierobi

    Is America our CID now? Allison Madueke hit America hard and this is why she is the real enemy. Why has our government not
    discover all these fraudulent waste. Pull out the receipts to support all statements if not stop insulting Nigerians. What happened to America`s SAVINGS and Load Bank? What caused the fraud America called financial melt down? NPN was the worst government Nigeria ever had and you people pretend nothing happened.
    If any one stole our money we must get it back.

    • blackdove

      Ole!

    • Broadway2

      It would not be well with you.

    • Mallam Abubakar

      U na mumu, I think wuna say trump will not support buhari dat e is almajir. Sentiment will do us no good..

  • Truth Konveyor

    I thought they said it was all a witch hunt. USA and UK have all joined the federal government in the persecution of the opposition. The victims of the mindless looting of our entire national wealth under Jonathan have ignorantly, and in some cases, mischievously become advocates and defenders of their villains both in the court of law and of public opinion. The fans of corrupt people are growing by the day making any effort at fighting corruption a utopian exercise. What a people and a country! No other people in the world reason like we do in matters regarding our very existence. That is why there is no other nation as despondent, depraved, desolate and dehumanised as we are in the face of earth except war ravaged countries.

    • Sanssouci

      Even war torn countries are better than us sir, Rwanda had a genocide just 23 years ago where 10 percent of the population was wiped out, yet because of purposeful leadership, they changed even their official language and have services that rival any developed country now. any Nigerian that truly has shame will be shocked by the rwandan revolution. Rwanda is an example and proof that within our lifetime change can happen

    • Lukman Asifat

      True talk,you have spoken well.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    No one should enjoy the proceeds of graft. Institutional weakness have crippled the anti-corruption drive in Nigeria, and this will be a serious boost. May God bless the USA.

  • El Patron

    Uh oh. Looks like Trump has joined APC then. The defenders of corruption said it was all a witch hunt by Buhari and APC and their mini god Trump will not support the war on corruption. Shame on the enemies of Nigeria

    • Broadway2

      Shame on them oooo. Hmmmmm

    • whereto

      I’m surprised you are not aware Trump personally collected his APC card at Bourdillon recently.

  • George

    SHARRRRAAAAAP there tell us how Tinubu and the rest APC thieves are moving theirs old stories we are tired of repetition come up with new thing or forever die.

    Waste of time.

    • princegab

      Oga ole, forever remember you ooo

    • jamajake

      Original Mumu

    • Karl Imom

      PDP had 16 good years to probe Tinubu, instead Goodluck Jonathan opted to strike a deal with him for votes in the West. You cannot have it both ways. Tinubu has already paid his dues.

  • princegab

    Thanks oga US. Please send back the money

  • Man_Enough

    I’m sure these people wanted to build their own country. What greed!

  • Riot50000

    Who said the three largest ETHNIC groups couldn’t work together ?

    • Kay

      All colours are thesame in darkness.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      The gullible ones who cannot see that corruption has no religion, ethnicity, tribe or language

  • Bright Bulus

    Seize the money and the properties, then each should bagged at least 100 yrs jail term.if the masses can go all the way doing jungle justice to execute those that stole maybe a packet of maggi cube in lagos,then I don’t know the kind of judgment the FG will pass on these Crookes

  • Bukola Ajisola

    This is the vestige of the so called resurrected Pdp that their altar ego says Nigerians want back in 2019.It befuddles the mind how some discredited national liabilities could be ignominious of an average Nigerian to so discount from them ability to harmonize hindsight with foresight in political denouement.
    Pdp is resurrected but remains in a wheelchair of corruption.

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