Inside U.S. Court papers indicting Alison-Madueke, Omokore, Aluko — FULL DETAILS

Nigeria's Former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke
Nigeria's Former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke

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

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

The two are accused of  buying a total of four residential properties in and around London worth 11.45 million, and furnishing them with luxury items, including art work.

Read below full details of court processes filed by the Department of Justice.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION

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) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ) )

Plaintiff,

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THE M/Y GALACTICA STAR, BEING A 65-METER MOTOR YACHT BUILT BY HEESEN SHIPYARDS WITH INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION NUMBER 9679830, AND REGISTERED UNDER THE LAWS AND FLAG OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS AT THE PORT OF GEORGE TOWN, INCLUDING ALL FIXTURES, FITTINGS, MANUALS, STOCKS, STORES, INVENTORIES, AND EACH LIFEBOAT, TENDER, AND OTHER APPURTENANCE THERETO, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE TENDER BOAT RECORDED AS A 7.5 METER DARIEL “GUEST TENDER” WITH ID/SERIAL NO. DRLDT759G313, AND ANY PROPERTY TRACEABLE THERETO;

ANY AND ALL FUNDS, PROCEEDS, CASH, OR BENEFITS TO BE DISBURSED OR OTHERWISE OWING TO ONE57 79 INC., OR TO ITS SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS, OUT OF ANY SURPLUS FUNDS RESULTING FROM THE FORECLOSURE AUCTION, TO BE HELD ON OR ABOUT JULY 19, 2017, OF REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN NEW YORK, N.Y., AND COMMONLY KNOWN AS 157 WEST 57TH STREET, UNIT 79, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10019;

REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN NEW YORK, N.Y., COMMONLY KNOWN AS

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(REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN ) MONTECITO, CALIF., COMMONLY ) KNOWN AS 807 CIMA DEL MUNDO ) ROAD, MONTECITO, CALIF. 90077, ) AND ALL APPURTENANCES, ) IMPROVEMENTS, AND ) ATTACHMENTS LOCATED THEREON, ) AND ANY PROPERTY TRACEABLE ) THERETO; ) ) REAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN ) MONTECITO, CALIF., COMMONLY ) KNOWN AS 815 CIMA DEL MUNDO ) ROAD, MONTECITO, CALIF. 90077, ) AND ALL APPURTENANCES, ) IMPROVEMENTS, AND ) ATTACHMENTS LOCATED THEREON, ) AND ANY PROPERTY TRACEABLE ) THERETO; ) ) ALL RIGHTS AND INTERESTS HELD ) BY RIVERMOUNT INTERNATIONAL ) LTD., OR ITS AFFILIATES OR ) ASSIGNEES, IN THE SUBORDINATED ) CONVERTIBLE PROMISSORY NOTE ) EXECUTED BETWEEN CROSS ) HOLDINGS, INC., AND RIVERMOUNT ) INTERNATIONAL LTD., DATED ON OR ) ABOUT JULY 15, 2015, AS VARIED OR ) AMENDED BY THE PARTIES ) THERETO, AND ALL PROPERTY ) TRACEABLE THERETO; ) ) Defendants In Rem ) ______________________________________ )

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1049 FIFTH AVENUE, UNITS 11B AND
12B, NEW YORK, N.Y. 10032, AND ALL APPURTENANCES, IMPROVEMENTS, ) AND ATTACHMENTS LOCATED ) THEREON, AND ANY PROPERTY ) TRACEABLE THERETO; )

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Comes now the Plaintiff, the United States of America, through its undersigned attorneys, and alleges, upon information and belief, as follows:

I.
NATURE OF THE ACTION

1. This is an action in rem to forfeit approximately $144 million in assets, and any property traceable thereto, derived from an international conspiracy to obtain lucrative business opportunities in the Nigerian oil and gas sector in return for corruptly offering and giving millions of dollars’ worth of gifts and benefits to the former Nigerian Minister for Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke (“ALISON-MADUEKE”); and to subsequently launder the proceeds of the illicit business opportunities into and through the United States.

2. From in or about April 2010 until in or about May 2015, ALISON-MADUEKE— who was often referred to as “the Madam” or “Madam D”—was Nigeria’s Minister for Petroleum Resources. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing Nigeria’s state-owned oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (“NNPC”).

3. As alleged herein, Kolawole Akanni Aluko (“ALUKO”), Olajide Omokore (“OMOKORE”), and others: (i) conspired to and did purchase millions of dollars in real estate in and around London, U.K., for the use and benefit of ALISON-MADUEKE and her family; (ii) conspired to and did provide more than one million dollars in furniture, artwork, and other furnishings purchased within the Southern District of Texas, and shipped, in part, to London and Abuja, Nigeria, for the use and benefit of ALISON-MADUEKE and her family; and (iii) conspired to and did otherwise fund a lavish and privileged lifestyle for ALISON-MADUEKE and her family.

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4. As further alleged herein, ALISON-MADUEKE, in return for such improper inducements, used her influence as the Minister for Petroleum Resources to steer to companies beneficially owned by ALUKO and OMOKORE the award of multiple Strategic Alliance Agreements (“SAAs”) with an NNPC subsidiary.

5. As further alleged herein, the companies that received these SAAs were unqualified and either improperly performed their obligations or, in some instances, failed entirely to perform. Nevertheless, these companies received more than $1.5 billion in revenues through the sale of Nigerian crude oil.

6. As further alleged herein, ALUKO and OMOKORE laundered their illicit revenues into and through the United States and, in particular, used these revenues to acquire the Defendants In Rem.

7. As further alleged herein, ALUKO and OMOKORE used a series of shell companies and layered financial transactions to conceal the nature, location, source, and/or ownership of the proceeds of the unlawful conduct and of the Defendants In Rem purchased with such proceeds.

8. As property constituting, derived from, or traceable to the proceeds of “specified unlawful activity,” as that term is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7), or a conspiracy to commit “specified unlawful activity,” and as property involved in money laundering violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957, the Defendants In Rem are subject to forfeiture under 18 U.S.C. §§ 981(a)(1)(A) and 981(a)(1)(C).

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II.
THE DEFENDANTS IN REM

9. This is an action by the United States of America seeking forfeiture of all right, title, and interest in the following property (collectively, the “Defendants In Rem”):

  1. (a)  The M/Y Galactica Star, being a 65-meter motor yacht built by Heesen Shipyards with International Maritime Organization number 9679830, and registered in the Cayman Islands at the Port of George Town, including all fixtures, fittings, manuals, stocks, stores, inventories, and each lifeboat, tender, and other appurtenance thereto, including, but not limited to, the tender boat recorded as a 7.5 meter Dariel “guest tender” with ID/Serial No. DRLDT759G313, and any property traceable thereto (hereinafter the “GALACTICA STAR”);
  2. (b)  any and all funds, proceeds, cash, or benefits to be disbursed or otherwise owing to One57 79 Inc., or to its successors or assigns, out of any surplus funds resulting from the foreclosure auction to be held on or about July 19, 2017, of real property located in New York, N.Y., and commonly known as 157 West 57th Street, Unit 79, New York, N.Y. 10019, as more fully described in Attachment A (hereinafter the “157 WEST 57TH STREET SURPLUS PROCEEDS”);
  3. (c)  real property located in New York, N.Y., commonly known as 1049 Fifth Avenue, Units 11B and 12B, New York, N.Y. 10032, as more fully described in Attachment B, and all appurtenances, improvements, and attachments located thereon, and any property traceable thereto (hereinafter the “1049 FIFTH AVENUE UNITS”);
  4. (d)  real property located in Montecito, Calif., commonly known as 807 Cima del Mundo Road, Montecito, Calif. 90077, as more fully described in Attachment C, and all appurtenances, improvements, and attachments located thereon, and any property traceable thereto (hereinafter “807 CIMA DEL MUNDO ROAD”);
  5. (e)  real property located in Montecito, Calif., commonly known as 815 Cima del Mundo Road, Montecito, Calif. 90077, as more fully described in Attachment D, and all appurtenances, improvements, and attachments located thereon, and any property traceable thereto (hereinafter “815 CIMA DEL MUNDO ROAD”);
  6. (f)  all rights and interests held by Rivermount International Ltd., or its affiliates or assignees, in the Subordinated Convertible Promissory Note executed between Cross Holdings, Inc., and Rivermount International Ltd., dated on or about July 15, 2015, as varied or amended by the parties thereto, and all5

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property traceable thereto (hereinafter the “CROSS HOLDINGS PROMISSORY NOTE”).

III. JURISDICTION AND VENUE

10. This Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1345 and 28 U.S.C. § 1355(a).

11. Venue is proper in this district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1355(b)(1)(A) because acts and omissions giving rise to forfeiture took place in the Southern District of Texas.

12. This action in rem for forfeiture is governed by 18 U.S.C. §§ 981 and 983, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions.

IV.
STATUTORY BASIS FOR FORFEITURE

13. The Defendants In Rem are subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(C) because they constitute or are derived from proceeds traceable to a violation of an offense constituting a “specified unlawful activity” or a conspiracy to commit such an offense. “Specified unlawful activity” is defined in 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7) to include an offense against a foreign nation involving “bribery of a public official, or the misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the benefit of a public official,” see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(B)(iv); any felony violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(D); or any violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 (wire fraud), 2314 (interstate transportation of stolen property), and 2315 (interstate receipt of stolen property), see 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(c)(7)(A) & 1961(1).

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14. The Defendants In Rem are also subject to forfeiture under 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(A) because they constitute property involved in a transaction or attempted transaction in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957, or are traceable to such property. Section 1957 prohibits the conducting of a monetary transaction with property valued at over $10,000 that is known to be criminally derived and which constitutes the proceeds of “specified unlawful activity,” including the proceeds of an offense against a foreign nation involving “bribery of a public official, or the misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the benefit of a public official,” see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(B)(iv); of any felony violation of the FCPA, see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(D); or of any violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 (wire fraud), 2314 (interstate transportation of stolen property), and 2315 (interstate receipt of stolen property), see 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(c)(7)(A) & 1961(1).

15. The Defendants In Rem are further subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(A) because they constitute property involved in a transaction or attempted transaction in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(B), or are traceable to such property. Section 1956(a)(1)(B) prohibits the conducting of a financial transaction with property known to be the proceeds of unlawful activity with the intent to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, including the proceeds of an offense against a foreign nation involving “bribery of a public official, or the misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the benefit of a public official,” see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(B)(iv); of any felony violation of the FCPA, see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(D); or of any violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 (wire fraud), 2314 (interstate transportation of stolen property), and 2315 (interstate receipt of stolen property), see 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(c)(7)(A) & 1961(1).

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16. The Defendants In Rem are further subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(A) because they constitute property involved in a transaction or attempted transaction in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(2), or are traceable to such property. Section 1956(a)(2) prohibits transferring funds known to be the proceeds of unlawful activity from a place outside the United States to a place in the United States, with knowledge that the transfer is designed in whole or in part to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, including the proceeds of an offense against a foreign nation involving “bribery of a public official, or the misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the benefit of a public official,” see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(B)(iv); of any felony violation of the FCPA, see 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(D); or of any violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1343 (wire fraud), 2314 (interstate transportation of stolen property), and 2315 (interstate receipt of stolen property), see 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956(c)(7)(A) & 1961(1).

17. The Defendants In Rem are further subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(A) because they constitute property involved in a conspiracy to violate 18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 or 1957, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h).

18. A representative selection of relevant offenses against a foreign nation as referred to in ¶¶ 13-17 are set forth in Attachment E.

V.
RELEVANT PERSONS AND ENTITIES

  1. On information and belief, the United States alleges the following facts.
  2. Diezani ALISON-MADUEKE is the former Nigerian Minister for Petroleum

Resources who served in that position from in or about April 2010 through in or about May 2015. In that role, ALISON-MADUEKE was responsible for overseeing NNPC. In her capacity as

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Minister for Petroleum Resources, ALISON-MADUEKE was a “foreign official” as that term is defined in the FCPA, see 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1(f)(1)(A), 78dd-2(h)(2)(A), and 78dd-3(f)(2)(A).

21. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation is Nigeria’s state-owned oil corporation through which the Federal Government of Nigeria regulates and participates in the country’s petroleum and hydrocarbons industry. The NNPC was owned and controlled by the Nigerian government and performed government functions, and thus was an “instrumentality” within the meaning of the FCPA, see 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1(f)(1)(A), 78dd-2(h)(2)(A), and 78dd- 3(f)(2)(A).

22. The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (“NPDC”) is the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of NNPC. The NPDC was owned and controlled by the Nigerian government and performed government functions, and thus was an “instrumentality” within the meaning of the FCPA, see 15 U.S.C. §§ 78dd-1(f)(1)(A), 78dd-2(h)(2)(A), and 78dd-3(f)(2)(A).

23. Kolawole Akanni ALUKO is a Nigerian citizen whose last known residential address was in Porza-Lugano, Switzerland. ALUKO and OMOKORE (see below) are the beneficial owners of and have control over ATLANTIC ENERGY HOLDINGS LTD. along with that company’s subsidiaries and affiliates—including ATLANTIC ENERGY DRILLING CONCEPTS NIGERIA LTD. and ATLANTIC ENERGY BRASS DEVELOPMENT LTD. ALUKO was also, at all times relevant to this complaint, a director and beneficial owner of TENKA LTD. and is the 100% owner of EARNSHAW ASSOCIATES LTD.

24. Olajide OMOKORE is a Nigerian citizen living in Lagos, Nigeria, and is a business partner of ALUKO. With ALUKO, OMOKORE is a beneficial owner of and has control over ATLANTIC ENERGY HOLDINGS LTD. along with that company’s subsidiaries and

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affiliates—including ATLANTIC ENERGY DRILLING CONCEPTS NIGERIA LTD. and ATLANTIC ENERGY BRASS DEVELOPMENT LTD.

25. ATLANTIC ENERGY HOLDINGS LTD. (“AEH”) is a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands with registered address of 325 Waterfront Drive, Omar Hodge Building, Wickham’s Cay, Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I. AEH is beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by ALUKO and OMOKORE.

26. ATLANTIC ENERGY (BRASS) LTD. is a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands with the same registered address as AEH: 325 Waterfront Drive, Omar Hodge Building, Wickham’s Cay, Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I. Upon information and belief, ATLANTIC ENERGY (BRASS) LTD. is beneficially owned, directly or indirectly, by ALUKO and OMOKORE.

27. ATLANTIC ENERGY DRILLING CONCEPTS NIGERIA LTD. (“AEDC”) is a company incorporated in Nigeria with registered address of Plot 1267 Ahmadu Bello Way, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria. OMOKORE is a registered director of AEDC. AEH owns 49,999,999 of 50,000,000 shares of AEDC.

28. ATLANTIC ENERGY BRASS DEVELOPMENT LTD. (“AEBD”) is a company incorporated in Nigeria with registered address of 32A Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. OMOKORE is a registered director of AEBD. ATLANTIC ENERGY (BRASS) LTD. owns 9,999,999 of 10,000,000 shares of AEBD.

29. TENKA LTD. (“TENKA”) is a company incorporated in the United Kingdom with registered address of No. 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG, U.K. During all times relevant to this complaint, the directors of TENKA were ALUKO and his wife. Upon information and belief, TENKA is beneficially owned by ALUKO.

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30. EARNSHAW ASSOCIATES LTD. (“EARNSHAW”) is a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands with registered address of 24 De Castro Street, Akara Building, Wickham’s Cay 1, Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I. ALUKO owns 100% of EARNSHAW.

31. CO-CONSPIRATOR #1 is a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria whose principal residence is in Topanga, Calif.

32. CO-CONSPIRATOR #2 is a Nigerian citizen and a former resident of the United States who maintained a residence in Potomac, Md.

33. CO-CONSPIRATOR #3 is a dual citizen of the United States and Nigeria and a former resident of the United States who maintained a residence in Oakland, Calif.

VI. FACTS

A. Strategic Alliance Agreements and Oil Mining Leases

34. Prior to 2010, NNPC participated in a joint venture with the subsidiary of a major international oil company (the “IOC Subsidiary”) for the development and production of oil and gas in connection with eight oil mining leases (“OMLs”). In particular, the joint venture held interests in and operated OMLs 26, 30, 34, and 42 (the “Forcados OMLs”) and OMLs 60, 61, 62, and 63 (the “Brass OMLs”).

35. The IOC Subsidiary owned 45% of the joint venture, with the remainder owned by NNPC. In 2010, however, the IOC Subsidiary chose to divest itself and sold its minority stake to various indigenous Nigerian entities.

36. With the IOC Subsidiary’s departure, NNPC became responsible for financing and operating the OMLs. It assigned this task—along with its 55% majority stake—to its own operating subsidiary, NPDC. However, NPDC lacked the in-house technical expertise and the

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financial resources to fund and operate the OMLs. NPDC therefore sought to enter into Strategic

Alliance Agreements to partner with outside parties who could both finance and provide technical assistance for the operation of the OMLs on NPDC’s behalf.

B. ALISON-MADUEKE Was Instrumental in the Award of the Lucrative Forcados SAAs (OMLs 26, 30, 34, and 42) to AEDC

37. AEDC was incorporated in Nigeria on or about July 19, 2010, approximately three months after ALISON-MADUEKE was appointed Minister for Petroleum Resources.

38. On or about March 8, 2011, AEDC first expressed its interest in entering into an SAA in a letter to NPDC. Less than three weeks later, on or about March 28, 2011, ALUKO, acting on behalf of AEDC, attended a meeting with NPDC representatives to discuss a possible SAA award.

39. Within another three weeks, on or about April 20, 2011, AEDC and NPDC entered into SAAs for OMLs 26 and 42. These SAAs were signed by OMOKORE on behalf of AEDC.

40. Approximately one month later, on or about May 25, 2011, AEDC and NPDC entered into two more SAAs for OMLs 30 and 34. These SAAs were also signed by OMOKORE on behalf of AEDC. (The four SAAs for OMLs 26, 30, 34, and 42 are herein collectively referred to as the “Forcados SAAs.”)

41. NPDC’s award of the Forcados SAAs to AEDC was done with the knowledge and support of ALISON-MADUEKE and at her direction. For example, in a recorded conversation between ALISON-MADUEKE and ALUKO, ALISON-MADUEKE acknowledged that “we stuck our necks out regarding the SAA and we supported it.” See infra ¶ 118.

42. A February 2014 report prepared by the then-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria determined that AEDC “had neither the technical expertise nor the capital to develop the joint venture, but [was] none-the-less able to lift crude and retain the proceeds . . . up to 70% of

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the profit of the Joint Venture.” The report concluded that the arrangement was set up “for the purpose of acquiring assets belonging to the [Federal Republic of Nigeria] and transferring the income to private hands.”

(1) Terms of the Forcados SAAs

43. The Forcados SAAs required AEDC to pay non-recoverable entry fees prior to the SAAs’ taking effect. The value of the entry fees was to be determined based on the estimated probable oil and gas reserves within the area covered by the Forcados OMLs.

44. In addition, the Forcados SAAs each required AEDC to pay $350,000 per year to NPDC for the first five years of the agreements. These funds were to be used for the provision of training facilities for NPDC staff.

45. Finally, the Forcados SAAs required AEDC to “provide all the funds required for NPDC’s 55% share of Petroleum Operating Costs.” Upon information and belief, NPDC’s share of the operating costs for the Forcados OMLs, during the period from March 2011 through December 2015, was at least $1,400,000,000.

46. In return for meeting its obligations under the Forcados SAAs, AEDC would be entitled to recover the cost of financing NPDC’s share of the operating costs (as described in the preceding paragraph) and would be further entitled to a share of NPDC’s profit as determined by profit-sharing formulae contained in the SAAs.

47. AEDC’s entitlements were payable in-kind. That is, AEDC would receive allocations of available oil sufficient to cover the amounts due as cost-recovery and profit.

(2) AEDC’s Performance Under the Forcados SAAs

48. Upon information and belief, AEDC substantially failed to perform under the Forcados SAAs. In particular, upon information and belief, AEDC did not fulfill its requirement

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to fund training facilities for NPDC staff, leading to an outstanding obligation of approximately $5,600,000.

49. Furthermore, AEDC failed to cover NPDC’s share of the Forcados operating costs. Upon information and belief, of the more than $1,400,000,000 required to finance such costs, AEDC made contributions of only approximately $305,108,522.43.

50. Despite AEDC’s failure to fulfil its obligations under the Forcados SAAs, AEDC was, upon information and belief, allocated and permitted to lift and sell, for its own benefit, twenty-one cargoes of crude oil valued at approximately $677,238,673.

C. ALUKO, OMOKORE, and Others Conspire to Purchase £11,530,000 Worth of London Real Estate for the Benefit of ALISON-MADUEKE

51. Concurrent with the negotiations for and the award of the Forcados SAAs, ALUKO and OMOKORE, acting in concert with CO-CONSPIRATORS #1 and #2, purchased and refurbished several multi-million dollar properties in the London area for the benefit of ALISON- MADUEKE and her family members. ALUKO, OMOKORE, and CO-CONSPIRATORS #1 and #2 provided these properties to ALISON-MADUEKE for the corrupt purpose of inducing her to use her influence within the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the NNPC, and the NPDC to direct the award of business opportunities to entities under their control and beneficial ownership, including the award of the Forcados SAAs to AEDC.

(1) 96 Camp Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7PB

52. On or about January 27, 2011, i.e., less than two months before AEDC officially approached NPDC about the first of the Forcados SAAs, a Seychelles company named Miranda International Ltd. purchased a property known as “the Falls” for £3,250,000. The Falls is located just outside London at 96 Camp Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire SL9 7PB.

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54. ALUKO engaged a construction company (the “Construction Company”) to upgrade and maintain the plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, and audio-visual systems at the Falls.

55. OMOKORE and ALUKO purchased and improved the Falls for the exclusive use of ALISON-MADUEKE and her family.

56. A mobile telephone recovered at the known residences of ALISON-MADUEKE and her mother contained digital photographs of ALISON-MADUEKE present inside the Falls.

57. Furthermore, during the relevant period, ALISON-MADUEKE—who was addressed at the property as “the Madam”—was the only person who occupied the property.

58. Individuals who provided services at the Falls addressed its occupant as “the Madam” or were told that the person they worked for was known as “the Madam.”

59. Finally, on or about October 8, 2013, ALUKO used his American Express card to purchase two identical exercise machines at Harrods in London. The machines were purchased for £10,926 each. One was to be delivered to the known London address of ALISON-MADUEKE; the other was to be delivered to the Falls.

(2) 39 Chester Close North, London NW1 4JE

60. On or about March 24, 2011—i.e., just four days before ALUKO met with NPDC officials to discuss AEDC’s interest in an SAA—a British Virgin Islands company called Mortlake Investments Ltd. was used to purchase real property at 39 Chester Close North, London NW1 4JE (“39 Chester Close North”) for £1,730,000.

61. Mortlake Investments Ltd. is beneficially owned by ALUKO.

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62. The real estate company Daniel Ford & Co. assisted in the purchase of 39 Chester Close North. The same company assisted in the purchase of additional properties as detailed below. See infra ¶¶ 65 & 70.

63. ALUKO engaged the Construction Company to undertake extensive alterations and renovations at 39 Chester Close North, including the installation of an elevator. An employee of the Construction Company (“Construction Company Employee #1”) has stated that the intended occupants of 39 Chester Close North were ALISON-MADUEKE’s mother and son. Construction Company Employee #1 personally met ALISON-MADUEKE on at least two occasions at the property and, on one of those occasions, ALISON-MADUEKE selected stone flooring and countertops to be installed in the bathrooms.

64. At some point in 2015, Construction Company Employee #1 was informed that ALISON-MADUEKE’s mother and son would not be moving into 39 Chester Close North after all, and the Construction Company was instructed to remove the elevator and return the property to its original condition. The property was sold on or about July 22, 2015, for £2,224,000.

(3) 58 Harley House, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HL

65. On or about March 28, 2011—i.e., the same day ALUKO was meeting with NPDC officials to discuss AEDC’s interest in an SAA—a Seychelles company, Rosewood Investments Ltd., was used to purchase real property at 58 Harley House, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HL (“58 Harley House”) for £2,800,000.

  1. Rosewood Investments Ltd. is beneficially owned by CO-CONSPIRATOR #2.
  2. The same real estate agency used to purchase 39 Chester Close North, i.e., Daniel

Ford & Co., assisted in the purchase of 58 Harley House.

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68. As with 39 Chester Close North, ALUKO engaged the Construction Company to provide renovation services at 58 Harley House. On or about August 9, 2011, a second employee of the Construction Company (“Construction Company Employee #2”) forwarded by email to ALUKO design plans for the kitchen at 58 Harley House. ALUKO subsequently forwarded this email, including the design plans, to ALISON-MADUEKE.

69. In addition, Construction Company Employee #1 was introduced to ALISON- MADUEKE at 58 Harley House, on which occasion the employee was told ALISON-MADUEKE was “the architect.”

(4) Flat 5 Park View, 83-86 Prince Albert Road, London NW8 7RU

70. On or about March 29, 2011—i.e., the day after ALUKO met with NPDC officials to discuss AEDC’s interest in an SAA—another Seychelles company called Colinwood Ltd. was used to purchase real property at Flat 5 Park View, 83-86 Prince Albert Road, London NW8 7RU (“Flat 5 Park View”) for £3,750,000. The purchase was financed, in part, by a loan obtained from FBN Bank (UK) Ltd. by CO-CONSPIRATOR #1.

71. The same real estate company used to purchase 39 Chester Close North and 58 Harley House, i.e., Daniel Ford & Co., also assisted in the purchase of Flat 5 Park View.

72. As with both 39 Chester Close North and 58 Harley House, ALUKO engaged the Construction Company to perform significant renovations at Flat 5 Park View. Construction Company Employee #1 personally met ALISON-MADUEKE at Flat 5 Park View where she was present for a discussion of interior design plans. In addition, design plans for Flat 5 Park View were later found at the known London residence of ALISON-MADUEKE’s mother.

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D. Living and Lifestyle Expenses for ALISON-MADUEKE (1) Rental Payments

73. Beginning in August 2011 and continuing through January 2014, ALUKO and a company beneficially owned by him, Tracon Investments Ltd. (“Tracon”), made a total of at least £537,922 in rental payments for two central London residences both located at 22 St. Edmunds Terrace, London NW8 7QQ. The first residence, Flat 19, was occupied by ALISON-MADUEKE during this time period. The second residence, Flat 6, was occupied by ALISON-MADUEKE’s mother during this time period.

74. The rental payments were made in the following approximate amounts, on or about the following dates, from the following payors:

TABLE 1

Date

Payor

Amount

Aug. 30, 2011

ALUKO

£49,000.00

Dec. 14, 2011

ALUKO

£10,216.00

Dec. 14, 2011

ALUKO

£44,811.00

Feb. 24, 2012

ALUKO

£39,347.50

May 11, 2012

ALUKO

£29,900.00

May 11, 2012

ALUKO

£39,347.50

Sept. 12, 2012

ALUKO

£87,075.00

Feb. 4, 2013

Tracon

£30,375.00

Mar. 28, 2013

ALUKO

£29,900.00

Mar. 28, 2013

ALUKO

£39,375.00

June 21, 2013

ALUKO

£30,375.00

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Sept. 30, 2013

ALUKO

£70,000.00

Jan. 22, 2014

Tracon

£8,300.00

Jan. 22, 2014

Tracon

£29,900.00

TOTAL

 

£537,922.00

75. Upon information and belief, the above payments were made corruptly by, on behalf of, or at the direction of ALUKO for the purpose of benefiting ALISON-MADUEKE and her mother in return for ALISON-MADUEKE’s having improperly influenced the award of the Forcados SAAs to AEDC and in anticipation of or in return for her improperly influencing the award of the Brass SAA, see infra ¶¶ 105-117, to AEDC and AEBD.

(2) Transportation Services

76. During the period from at least December 2012 through at least July 2014, ALUKO and his beneficially-owned company TENKA made at least £393,274.32 in payments to a car hire company (the “Chauffeur Company”). During that same time period, a company beneficially owned by OMOKORE, Energy Property Development Ltd., paid at least £4,424.40 to the Chauffeur Company.

77. The payments were made to the Chauffeur Company in the following approximate amounts, on or about the following dates, by the following payors:

TABLE 2

Date

Payor

Amount

Dec. 28, 2012

ALUKO

£6,171.06

Jan. 11, 2013

TENKA

£6,115.92

Feb. 14, 2013

TENKA

£10,664.50

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Mar. 8, 2013

TENKA

£25,000.97

Apr. 8, 2013


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  • GusO

    The money accrued from the sales of the properties will not be given to Nigeria. It will be retained as costs to offset the cost of prosecution. Mark my words, there is no financial benefits for Nigeria. We can only take solace that the corrupt scumbags — Alison-Madueke, Aluko and Omokore — will not benefit from the vast funds they stole. But I wish they will serve jail terms to really ensure that they will

    • tunde008

      That is the very sad part of it.

  • tunde008

    These are the people that created the Niger delta avengers..This was how GEJ , his ministers, and his PDP government plunged Nigeria into recession.All Nigeria’s money are scattered all over the world while it’s people are wallowing in abject poverty.You can imagine how much stolen money GEJ has stashed abroad while there is no portable drinking water in Otuoke. Our politicians are the most unintelligent people in the world.They steal their people’s money and enrich other countries who are good at doing good for their people. GEJ,Saraki,Lucky Igbinedion, Atta, Akpabio, dariye, dasuki, Ozekhomen, Wike, yerima,Dino,even Ben Bruce IBB, Abdulsalam etc. have all contributed to the suffering the people of Nigeria are presently going through.God save Nigeria from these evil politicians.

    • share Idea

      While Tinubu and Fashola contributed in making Nigeria great. Greatest hypocrite

      • tunde008

        Yes, they made Lagos great.And Tinubu’s ingenuity removed the GEJ and the evil party PDP

        • share Idea

          Just as they have made Nigeria great under this administration. Nigeria we hail thee

          • tunde008

            Is not your Ekweremadu and Saraki that forged the senate that have continued to ruin Nigeria?Is lagos of today the same 20yrs ago? Your people have sabotaged Tinubu and what do you have? The only Governors that have done well in Nigeria.Name anyone from your land locked region.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Nigeria shall be great again; with or without your support.

            Those of us who knows what the true face of governance is, are patiently watching the rebirth of our country.

            I pray we all live long enough to see the fruits of our dedication.

        • whereto

          You get time to engage people like this person? A normal person would know it’s more productive to not defend “madam D” in such a bad case.
          Anyway, the fear of the US justice system is the beginning of wisdom.

    • Victor Daniel

      Amen amen amen

  • Arogbo

    This is the main reason why a lot of Nigerians believe that President Jonathan was a complete buffoon for allowing this to go under his watch without calling the Petroleum Minister Madueke to order. What a shame!

    • share Idea

      Just as saint Buhari have called to order the grass cutting SGF nor the Chief of army staff that user snake farming to raise funds used in buying uses in Dubai.

      If you believe all these crap from America you will believe anything. This case was just instigated by EFCC after looking for evidence to pin on Dezeani. How can USA with all their sophistication, turn a serious criminal case into civil case with several conjectures. Omokere bought houses in UK, and same with Aluko, and American government claimed that Dezeani awarded contract to them because of gifts she received from them.

      Did American government not criminally charge other companies that were involved in bribery like haliburton scandal why filing non criminal charges for these people.

      • tunde008

        Igbo man always supporting corruption.Excuse and excuse for corruption

      • paul irumundomon

        Buhari supporters, are more of Nigeria problems, than the biased regime of the old man, who knows nothing more than expanding hausa agenda, against the good of Nigeria

  • D. Aftermath

    The gangster GEJ was nothing but a G thang trust me.

  • Bright Ezeh

    This is cause of recession people should stop blaming lnnocent buhari that is trying to help, Jonathan and his partner’s really kill this country, even if APC fail PDP is not an option, where is Jonathan supporters shame on you guys for supporting a Man that finished all the money obasanjo saved and sold crude oil $150 per barrel and nothing to show for it, let Jonathan supporters list Jonathan achievement nothing the only thing they will say is that the formal presidents was corrupt too what a shameful comment from brainwashed person’s

  • Osakue

    South south na your money Yankee one take style style packet so O!. Soon them go they shout Buhari !! Na we be our own problem

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Thank you America for a lesson in how to deal with fraudsters who wear impunity vests in Nigeria. This case will end in a quick conviction and Nigeria will have her funds back in a jiffy. the same case in Nigerian court will languish for technicalities, injunctions, absence of attorneys or judges and frequent request for medical attention by defendants. Nigeria reeks of incompetence (at all levels) indiscipline and thievery by all cadres of staff. The only brand that the country is known for is FRAUD. Shame on US!

  • Sean

    You see these looters?

  • Osakue

    Show me your leaders that you voted for with your hands and I will tell you who you are. Make we dey vote thieves as elected leaders na Wetin we go get be this.

  • Bright Ezeh

    Nigerian government should send them to the united States to serve there jail term, see how Nigerians are suffering and Jonathan and his partner’s are enjoying there loots , criminals

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Former petroleum minister under former president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is an outstanding advance criminal of our commonwealth and Diezani Alison Madueke, Omokore and Aluko and all their accomplices, shall all rot away in the penitentiary for looting Nigeria, to the point of bankruptcy.Certain Alison Madueke, can not escape British jail term as she is currently being tried for money laundering crimes in London,UK along with her family members and her accomplices.In UK. there is no bribery scheme as the law will take its rightful course.

  • RESOURCE CONTROL

    Oil spills and pollution is killing the Niger Delta people. It is a pure case of environmental terrorism carried out by the Nigerian state with her European and American collaborators. Despite the billions of Dollars sold from oil the Niger Delta remains without federal presence. Not a single airport in the whole of Niger Delta has been built by Nigerian government at the center. Maritime University has been technically and deliberately forgotten. This systemic policy to make Niger Delta perpetually underdeveloped why monies from the region is used to provide infrastructure elsewhere in Abuja, Lagos etc must be resisted. Its got to stop. RESOURCE control or we stop the flow of oil money.

    • GusO

      You are trying to divert attention from your kinswoman, Diezani Alison-Madueke, right?

      • Alkaly

        ………But this is all we know:

        • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
        • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as “inexplicable
        expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
        • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons un-known,
        • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense ostensibly to promote
        Central Bank image,
        • ₦160billion was paid out by Sanusi Lamido at Central Bank for self-determined activities,
        • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi Lamido,
        • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered in the account as paid to a non-operating
        airline for charter service,
        • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on lunch for 12 CBN police
        guards in one year.

        • Babaranti Oluwuyi

          Kindly blow the whistle to EFCC

    • omo olomu

      Good question, ask Mr G. Ebele Jonathan

    • IG

      Bros you need to ask Ebele Jonathan, I guess by now you all should be mounting GEJ home to demand your international airports, hospitals,rail, and the development of the entire niger delta

    • El Patron

      Ask Diezani and GEJ dumbo

  • Shahokaya

    Why are these witches hunting frog eyed Dumbo mistress and ogogoro bloated stomach omokiri?

  • 2017 Cassandra

    @kaysoyemiesq:disqus

    Goodluck Jonathan needs prayers for himself. The more Nigeria sinks the higher the odds
    he’ll be arrested, tried, possibly convicted and jailed by the APC government to pacify a
    restive populace at the threshold of a breaking point from 17% inflation – which makes
    savings impossible – and from 62% official devaluation of the Naira – which reduced
    all private assets by half and deepened poverty simultaneously in Nigeria today.

    • omoakosa

      I doubt if that will ever happen. As bold and courageous PMB is I doubt if he has the clout to protect him from the backlash of such an action. But I pray he disappoint me in this regard.

  • Tommy Soto

    Seems like the UK government is protecting the former minister. It shouldn’t take this long prosecute the case in a developed country. She may be unloading properties and assets and bribing them.

  • Tahir Abubakar

    This is vintage investigation with facts and figures presented in a transparent manner. No withholding information. Hope police, dss, efcc icpc lawyers and rogue judges are watching carefully and attentively. The assets will undoubtedly be forfeited to the US government. In Nigeria Madueke and her fellow thieves and bandits will be acquitted.The assets will be returned to them and a rogue judge will order the state agencies that dared to prosecute them to publically apologise to them and even pay compensation for the “embarrassment”they were subjected to. This is the tragedy we are faced with day in day out. Corruption is now a religion and the devil has set up a permanent home in Nigeria. This is more than a failed state. It is indeed a gateway to hell. May God save Nigeria from the jaws of these immoral rogues disguised as leaders. They come in different forms, legislooters, rogue judges, devil’s advocates, raw bandits under the guise of parties and ethnic champions. It is a big blizzare market preparing for the apocalypse.

    • Akhabue

      I like your comment.
      There are also similar investigations by very capable Nigerians which have been swept under the carpet.
      Please refer the Okigbo Panel Report in 1994 on the Gulf War Oil windfall.

  • Maria Darego

    The United States Government forfeiture lawsuit tells about 20% of the story and relationships that singlehandedly doomed the Jonathan Presidency. If a true and factual history of the Jonathan Presidency is ever written, large asterisks would be placed next to two critical days: The first day would be the day that Deziani Allison Madueke (a shoe wearing Nigerian Aje Butter kid, daughter of a Shell Executive, Architect, Shell Director with only Real Estate Asset Management Experience and no hard Oil Exposure) first opened her legs for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (a Nigerian Village kid, shoeless son of an Otuoke Canoe Carver, accidental politician, the only person in the political contraption then known as the PDP who successfully occupied an office higher than Ward Councillor without killing somebody of being in the know of a conspiracy to kill somebody). Nobody knows till today what is between Deziani Allison Madueke’s legs but whatever is there, it was enough for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to completely lose his mind! The second day would be the day that Deziani Allison Madueke opened her legs for the mouth of a certain young man named Kolawale Aluko (a Nigerian streetwise kid who until that point did not have any tangible possession and was still sharing a rented flat with one of his friends. Unconfirmed reports have it that lucky Kola was an errand boy for Deziani Allison Madueke’s old husband retired Admiral Madueke). Nobody knows till today what magic Kola can perform on a woman with his tongue, but he has confided to friends that Deziani Allison Madueke would hold his head between her legs for upwards of two hours non-stop; and apparently this regular act was also enough to make Deziani Allison Madueke to completely lose her mind! There we have it: A poor boy who by divine providence rose from nothing and came out of no where to become President of Nigeria, who lost his mind to a woman and put her in charge of an industry that all Nigerians depend on for their daily bread; and a sheltered shy woman (who only married her Uncle’s widowed colleague 20 years her senior when she was 40 years old) who in-turn lost her mind to a street-wise kid who could perform wonders with his tongue on a woman for upwards of two hours without coming up for air. Nigerians need to understand this background before they proceed to understanding the Strategic Alliance Agreements (SAAs) and how 1.5 Billion Dollars worth of Oil was legally stolen from Nigeria (All of the Audits so far have each identified this amount as the only NNPC funds missing during the Jonathan era, notwithstanding Emir Sanusi’s wild claims). The SAAs were legal contractual agreements binding and in-force when the oil cargoes were loaded from Nigeria, so the proceeds passed all due-diligence and anti-money laundering tests in all jurisdictions including Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, etc. The present day Nigerian Government would have to go to multiple jurisdictions and prove that the approval process for the SAAs were in clear violation of the law and laid down approval procedures (very difficult considering the documented previous approval processes in the Nigerian Oil industry that saw oil blocks awarded by FIAT to the likes of Danjuma, Indimi, Alakija etc by previous Governments). Without proving that the SAAs were illegal, it becomes very difficult to prosecute; and that is why the famous United States Justice Department can only chase for forfeiture!!

    • Apostel

      Maria, but here sounds a lot of jealousy.

    • Charlie

      Good analysis. However, tongue thing is unnecessary it doesn’t add anything.

  • temitope adedeji

    SMH

  • Tunsj

    The name Diezan Alison – Madueke makes me REGURGITATE.

  • Akhabue

    WHAT IS NEW?
    ———-
    VANGUARD ON AUGUST 27, 2015
    “Alleged Unremitted N2.051trn: Senate in disarray over EFCC probe”
    by Soni Daniel, Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke

    Readers’ comments
    ————
    by Odi Odi
    Nigeria’s Number One Corruption.

    “PIB Debate: North Controls 83% of Oil Blocks”
    by Henry Umoru and Joseph Erunke.

    “Abuja – Chairman Senate Committe on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to revoke and re-allocate oil blocks, saying that the northerners control 83 percent of the Oil blocks in the country. He also revealed that eminent Nigerians benefit from the distribution of the Oil blocks. He named late President Umaru Yar’Adua; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero; former Minister of Petroleum Dr. rilwanu Likman; former Minister of Defense (1999 – 2003) and Chief of Army Staff (1975 – 1979), General Theophilus Danjuma. Others are Alhaji Aminu Dantata; Col, Sani Bello; Alhaji Mai Deribe from Borno State; Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Alhaji Saleh Gambo; Mike Adenuga; Yinka Folawiyo (Folorunsho Alakija worth $2.5 billion and Femi Otedola etc).

    —— Vanguard News Thursday March 7, 2013

    “PIB Debate: North Controls 83% of Oil Blocks”
    by Henry Umoru and Joseph Erunke.

    —– Vanguard News Thursday March 7, 2013

    “I Made $500m From Oil Block, but didn’t know how to Spend it Danjuma.”

    —– Punch News Thursday February 18, 2010.

    “Halliburton Scandal: Report says Abdulsalami, Etiebet, Bayero got $50m”

    —– Daily Independent Newspapers Wednesday April 21, 2010.

    “N27 bn Halliburton Scam IBB, Abdulsalami, Diya, 77 Others Indicted”

    —- Daily Independent Newspapers Thursday April 15, 2010.

    “Abdulsalami’s Firm named in Failed Power contract of N19 bn”

    —— Vanguard Newspapers Friday March 14, 2008.

    “Nigerian Leaders Stole $380 bn”

    —– BBC News Friday 20 October 2006.

    Refineries in Warri and Portharcourt were fixed by Diezani under Jonathan administration. Buhari could not have done a thing in just 2 months. Stop the lies.

    “Who is going to fight corruption? The APC people or Obasanjo? They only pay lip service to fighting corruption. Buhari himself is not clean. What is corruption? Malpractices, parading questionable certificates, swearing to false affidavit, they are all part of corruption. And in the 1970s when Buhari was federal commissioner for Petroleum, about $2.8 billion Oil money went missing. It was later discovered that this amount was paid into a British Bank where it yielded about $400 million interest. Nobody knows where that money is. Buhari said he did n’t know about it. He was appointed by Abacha as chairman of PTF, my own brother Prof. J.P. Clark was a member. In fact only prof. J.P. Clark and Buhari are still living members of PTF. Buhari brought his brother-in-law as a consultant and later handed over the entire administration of PTF to him and others. They had the authority to execute all projects. At the end of it all, they left and Obasanjo dissolved the board and removed all of them. Then Obasanjo set up a Commission of Enquiry to probe the PTF and the report, which had just been published by some newspapers, shows that N25 billion could not be accounted for by Buhari and those who administered the place. Yet Obasanjo came out to say the only thing he found against him was that instead of building roads and houses, he was busy buying mosquito nets with PTF money.”

    —— Edwin Kiagbodo Clark Vanguard News Sunday February 22, 2015.

    “‘Some $30 billion dollars was reportedly earned from Oil during the Babangida years (1985 – 1993). There was in particular the 12 billion dollars Oil windfall earned from 1991 Gulf War. Where did all these huge sums of money go? The most visible answers are some of the multi-billion-dollar white elephant projects around the country. According to Okigbo the handling of the special projects accounts by the Babangida regime was a “gross abuse of public trust.”‘

    — This Day Newspapers Saturday September 16, 2000.

    “…even as Nigeria’s oil revenues have soared: in the course of Obasanjo’s eight-year tenure, Nigeria earned $223 billion, two and a half times the amount earned over the previous eight years. But thanks to kleptocracy and rampant graft, much of the money has not gone where it should have….Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) estimates that the country has wasted $400 billion since 1960.”

    —– Jean Herskovits, Former CIA Officer on African Affairs in “Foreign Policy”, a United States Journal, August 2007.

    “Has the former President (Obasanjo) forgotten that he wasted $16.5 billion dollars on power during his tenure and that $16.5 billion dollars was never accounted for?”

    —— Rowland Owie, Former Senate Chief Whip, 1979 – 1983 — Vanguard News Thursday November 6, 2014.

    “The resultant effect of this shoddy approach to National Development was an unmitigated disaster and a colossal los of a whopping sum of nearly 16 billion dollars” .

    —- Ameh Ebute Senate President 1993 — Vanguard News Tuesday October 21, 2014.

    “Abacha Served Nigeria Well, say Buhari, Abdulsalami. He did not loot treasury, Babangida declares.”
    From Adamu Abuh (Kano) and Kodilinye Obiagwu (Lagos)

    —- Guardian Newspapers Monday June 9, 2008.

    “Abacha Loot: Switzerland has returned $700 m to Nigeria”

    —- Vanguard Newspapers Wednesday December 5, 2012.

    “US Freezes $458 m Stolen by Nigeria Dictator Abacha”

    —- Vanguard News Wednesday March 5, 2014

    “State of Jersey to Return 315m Pounds Abacha Loot to Nigeria.”

    —- Vanguard News Wednesday December 3, 2014.

    • Uzoma John

      Story story, stooorrryyyy!!!. Is Vanguard a credible news media? Una never see anything yet. Thieves.Please stop disgracing yourself. You can see how America open una yansh. Thieves everywhere. Deziani is seriously controlling ND resources.

  • Uzoma John

    We can now see how the weeping Niger Deltans have their resource controlled by Deziani, Aluko and Omokore. Thieves everywhere. If it were to be in Nigeria, witch hunting will fill the airwaves and the corrupt Judiciary will be warming up for humongous bribes to do away with the case. God will reveal you guys one after the other. It’s good the US is involved in this. More to come. PS- Fayose said Obama’s party didn’t win US election because of what they did to Jonathan. Now “una” Trump is seriously dealing with you guys.

  • Akhabue

    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 14, 2017
    Department of Justice Seeks to Recover Over $100 Million Obtained From Corruption in the Nigerian Oil Industry

    The Department of Justice announced today the filing of a civil complaint seeking the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $144 million in assets that are allegedly the proceeds of foreign corruption offenses and were laundered in and through the U.S. ….

    A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S.

    The FBI’s International Corruption Squads in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles and the IRS-CI are investigating the case. Trial Attorneys Stephen A. Gibbons and Michael W. Khoo of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section are prosecuting the case. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs is providing substantial assistance.
    This case was brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. This initiative is led by a team of dedicated prosecutors in the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, in partnership with federal law enforcement agencies, and often with U.S. Attorney’s Offices, to forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and, where appropriate, to use those recovered assets to benefit the people harmed by these acts of corruption and abuse of office. ….