THROWBACK (3): The Great Oil Robbery under Diezani Alison-Madueke

Former Nigeria's Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke
Former Nigeria's Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke

This story is being reprinted with permission from NEXT which remains its appropriate copyright owner.

By Peter Nkanga and Idris Akinbajo

Just two days before the federal cabinet dissolved to allow President Goodluck Jonathan appoint a fresh one in recognition of his new electoral mandate, officials in charge of our oil and gas resources secretly signed a deal assigning production rights in at least two large oil blocks to a shadowy company with no prior experience and no fixed address.

Under the direction and with the approval of then petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, the officials with a magic wave of a pen effectively transferred hundreds of millions of US dollars – possibly billions – in public assets to private individuals without a public tender.

The deal is in apparent violation of Nigeria’s Public Procurement Act, which forbids no-tender bids for the procurement of goods and services by any government-owned institution under penalty of imprisonment.

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, has been arrested and remains in detention in part for allegedly violating the same law. Mr Bankole faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of those particular charges.

The man at the heart of this strange and secretive deal is one Jide Omokore, chairman of a company not yet a year old and which has never produced a barrel of oil. The company, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited, is the beneficiary of this gift by Mrs Alison-Madueke. For paying to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, a fully owned subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (of which Mrs Alison-Madueke, as minister, was chairman) an initial “entrance fee” of slightly more than $50 million for each of the two oil fields, Atlantic now has effective control of the NPDC’s 55 percent stake in the oil block. These are rick blocks known in the industry as OML 30 and 34.

Shell, the giant multinational that produces around 50 percent of all of Nigeria’s crude, is the beneficial owner of the remaining 45 percent of the blocks. Shell had subjected its share of these oil blocks to an open and transparent competitive bidding process, fetching up to $1.3 billion in a single field. By comparison, Mrs Alison-Madueke’s no-bid approach via a so-called “Strategic Alliance Agreement” fetches the federation account an upfront cash payment of little more than $50 million. The true market value, if the Shell approach had been followed, would have been upwards of $1.5 billion.

Mrs Allison-Madueke has shut out established industry players, including local companies, by opting for these secret deals. The transcripts of these “strategic alliance” agreements can be found on our web site, 234NEXT.com.

As she campaigns furiously for reappointment into Mr Jonathan’s cabinet, whose nominees may be sent to the Senate for approval as early as this week, Mrs Alison-Madueke has become a major political burden for the president. Her presence in the new government is certain to prove a distraction to the president, who has expressed a strong determination to steer the country away from its persistent underperformance and avarice. As in the past, all attempts to reach Mrs Alison-Madueke for comment were rebuffed. She has said elsewhere that she did nothing wrong and threatens to sue us for exposing these deals.

“The question is why?” said one prominent energy sector source. “Why these particular companies and these particular individuals? Why do these deals secretly? Why deny experienced industry players the opportunity to bid for the same contracts?”

Connecting the dots

Mr Omokore, as chairman of Atlantic Energy, similarly got a sweetheart no-bid deal from Mrs Alison-Madueke in three other oil blocks, as detailed in our report last week. Mr Omokore also is a part-owner of Seven Energy. Septa’s managing director, Kola Aluko, also is a director of VistaJet, the private jet leasing company. VistaJet has provided private jets for Mrs Alison-Madueke’s use, including as recently as last month, to the annual international petroleum conference in Houston, Texas.

Seven Energy, through its lawyer, Femi Falana, who also acts on behalf of the NNPC, has served notice to this newspaper that it intends to file a lawsuit against us. Phillip Ihenacho, chairman of Seven Energy, has told our reporter that his company has conducted itself honourably and legally in the no-tender transaction approved for his firm by Mrs Alison-Madueke. What is more, an oil trading company controlled by Mr Omokore, called SPOG, faces accusations of fraud in a petition to the office of the attorney general and minister of justice. SPOG is alleged to have, on at least one occasion, imported 3,000 metric tonnes of refined petroleum but claimed subsidy refunds on 13,000 metric tonnes from the PPPRA, the petroleum pricing agency under Mrs Alison-Madueke’s supervision. The payoff from that single alleged inflated transaction was N400 million.

Mr Omokore did not respond directly to our inquiries. Atlantic Energy was incorporated only in July last year. As far as we can determine, it has no office or personnel. In its registration documents, the company gave Plot 1267, Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja as its official address. But our inquiries established that no such company has ever operated out of that location. The company has also never executed a single oil-related contract, undertaken any project, or produced one barrel of crude since it was registered under the names of three people who claim to live in the same address listed as the company’s offices.

But it was to this shadowy and inexperienced company that Mrs Alison-Madueke turned for operating rights to two of the most lucrative oil blocks in Nigeria three days before the end of the last administration. Just hours before she attended her last cabinet meeting on Wednesday, May 25, Mrs Alison-Madueke’s subordinates, with her approval, basically handed over OMLs 30 and 34 to this barely functional company Atlantic Energy to fund the Nigerian Petroleum Development Co’s share of expenditure in exchange for recovering its cost and sharing profits.

Assigning the blocks without open, competitive bidding appears to be a clear violation of industry guidelines, which demand that allocation of oil blocks and the award of service contracts shall be based on an open competitive bidding process to allow every investor, indigenous or foreign, an equal opportunity to explore and develop Nigeria’s petroleum resources. The arrangement also seems a violation of the Public Procurement Act 2007, which regulates all procurements by ministries and agencies of the Nigerian government. Officials breaching this law risk a term of imprisonment of between five and 10 years without an option of fine.

The former minister and spokesperson of the NNPC did not return calls or text messages seeking comment. The Department of Petroleum Resources, the agency statutorily charged with supervising all petroleum industry operations being carried out under licenses and leases in order to ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations, requested an emailed enquiry but eventually did not respond to our reporter’s questions.

Sweetheart deals

The multiple controversial deals in which the former minister is embroiled has made it all but impossible for the president to reappoint her, according to highly placed political leaders. Atlantic Energy’s deal with the NPDC to provide financial and technical services in respect of its 55 percent stake in the lucrative OML 30 is perhaps the most astonishing example of these deals shrouded in secrecy. Shell is selling its 45 percent shareholding in the block, after an elaborative competitive bidding process, to Mike Adenuga’s Conoil for $1.3bn. For a field that is so lucrative that it yielded 45,000bbl of crude per day in April, Mrs Alison-Madueke’s favourite company is to pay, as entrance fee 30 cents per barrel of oil to the Nigerian government and two cents for gas equivalent.

Industry players are aghast

“These people are truly audacious; I have never seen anything like it,” said one industry operator who asked not to be identified for fear of jeopardising business relationships with the all-powerful petroleum ministry and the NNPC. A similar deal, hurriedly packaged and finalized on May 25, was signed with Atlantic in respect of OML 34, where Shell also is selling its 45 percent to the Niger Delta Energy and Petroleum Company for $600 million. Earlier in September, the former minister had entered into a service contract with Seven Energy International Limited, through its Nigerian subsidiary, Septa Energy Nigeria Limited, in respect of OML 4, 38, and 41. According to the agreement signed with the company, the firm is to pay a “paltry” $54 million as entrance fee for participating in the three blocks which has Seplat Exploration Production Company as operator. The company will also recover its cost and share profits with NPDC. It can lift crude from the fields and keep the entire proceeds of its sale abroad, contrary to the guideline that requires companies to keep at least 10 percent of their proceeds in Nigerian banks. In a memo to its stakeholders after NEXT broke the story of its deal with the NPDC last week, Seven Energy claimed that its strategic alliance agreement in respect of the three blocks was “modeled after valid service contracts with oil majors in the past.” But NEXT’s investigation indicates this claim is untrue.

The NNPC acted right in the past

In 2001, NPDC and Agip Energy went into a service contract agreement for the development of OPL 91 (now known as OML 119) – Okono and Okpohu fields – under a joint operatorship. This newspaper can confirm that Agip won the contract after an open, competitive bidding process. The NNPC had at the time advertised in December 1999 for a partner to develop new fields in the block, which is in about 100 meters water depth, and located in the southeastern Niger Delta. The corporation received applications until December 31, 1999, after which it declared Agip the winner of the bid.

“So if NPDC could follow due process 10 years ago, what has changed now?” said a senior official in the NNPC. “Why must they give away assets belonging to the Nigerian people in such a non-transparent way especially when the country now has a procurement law in place?”

A member of the recently defunct Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), which undertook to investigate Mrs Alison-Madueke but was stymied, argued that what the minister did was a tactical reintroduction of single-source procurement abolished in the industry in 2004.

“Single-source negotiation contract has been discontinued in the country since the days of Edmund Dakouru as minister,” said the source, who did not want to be specifically identified for fear of reprisal. “It was discontinued because it was causing a lot of fraud. It is shocking that the practice resurfaced under Diezani.”

Thine deal be done

As a key figure in this web of secretive arrangements, Mr Omokore cuts an astonishing figure. A wealthy businessman and politician, his Energy Resources Group has an 11 percent stake in Seven Energy International Limited, owners of Septa. Having swung OML 4, 38 and 41 in Septa’s favour, Mr Omokore’s coup de grace was to corner OMLs 30 and 34, using the newly formed Atlantic Energy. Company documents give Messrs Albert Bassey Akpan, Bankole Opashi and Sanni Mohammed as shareholders and directors of the firm, a veritable WaZoBia of ethnic balancing. But when time came to sign the controversial agreement with NPDC, Mr Omokore emerged, signing as chairman of the company. Atlantic also gave its registered address as Plot 1267 Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja, which is a former location for one of Mr Omokore’s numerous companies, SPOG Petroleum, which has now moved to Millennium Builder’s Plaza in central Abuja. Chijioke Isiolu, the Atlantic Energy company secretary, told our reporter that his company is competent to execute the contract awarded to it because it has a sister company in Seven Energy. Mr Omokore was not available for comment. When our reporter called his Abuja office, an official simply directed enquiries at Mr Isiolu, whom he said could speak on Mr Omokore’s behalf. Mr Isiolu later said on the telephone that the allegations against Mr Omokore were false. He promised to provide further information if our reporter could agree to a meeting, not in his office but at unspecified location.

Mrs Alison-Madueke is not officially connected to Seven Energy, but she does indirectly enjoy the hospitality of the company. In June 2010, Vistajet, the UK-based private aviation company, extended its operation to Nigeria through an alliance with Seven Energy. Sources said Vistajet Nigeria, headed by Kola Aluko, one of the owners of Seven Energy and the managing director of its Nigerian subsidiary, Septa Energy, routinely provides a private jet for the minister’s convenience, including her trip to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston last month. Mrs Alison-Madueke accepted this expensive hospitality as she was approving the secret no-bid deal to assign production rights in the oil blocks to Septa, Atlantic and Seven Energy – an apparent contravention of section 6 of the fifth schedule of our constitution.

The constitution stipulates that: “A public officer shall not ask for or accept property or benefits of any kind for himself or any other person on account of anything done or omitted to be done by him in the discharge of his duties. For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph, the receipt by a public officer of any gifts or benefits from commercial wfirms, business enterprises or persons who have contracts with the government shall be presumed to have been received in contravention of the said sub-paragraph unless the contrary is proved.”

See Also:

Jide Omokore: The man in the middle

Questions for former minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke

Editor’s Note: This story, which was part of the famous Diezani series, was first published on April 10, 2011, in 234next.com. It is being republished for record purpose only, especially because the 234NEXT website is down. More articles in the series will run here in the days ahead.


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  • Rommel

    Thanks PT for refreshing the brains of the many obviously brain dead Nigerians who seem to have forgotten these events,sometimes it is difficult to understand if it is outright stupidity or blatant ethnic bias that gives Nigerians selective amnesia over national events.

    • SBA

      Thanks Rommel. I am very uncomfortable to learn 83% of oil wells belong to people from a section of the country. It is very unfair to the people from that region and the rest of the country. I am find it conscienceless for Gen TY Danjuma to own a oil well with noboby raising any dust as to how he acquired it.

      • patricity

        Diezani and Jonathan had all the opportunities in this world to redress whatever injustice this region claim to have suffered instead they chose to take care of themselves. They chose to plunder the treasury and commonwealth thus inflicting damage not only to their people but the entire people of Nigeria. Aluko and Omokore are definitely not Ijaw names …. mind you.

    • sam

      I can’t wait for this woman to be sentenced for at least 20 years behind bars and all her stolen wealth seized

      • Very proud Oily Ijaw warrior

        That is the Ibo man who does not know his bearing for u–civil war mentality–so that when she dies u can feast on her flesh when it is fresh–animals

    • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

      We will go with ethnic bias.

    • Very proud Ijaw warrior

      There is nothing to recall—in these fake stories—did the media house that published the article not dies hours after that—‘ These are pepper soup articles—penned to tarnish the image of an ethnic groups most especially her so-called inlaws-That she raised from the dust

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  • Very Proud oily Ijaw man

    The former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani is a well refined Ijaw Woman of substance from Bayelsa state in the SS region of Nigeria. A mother of three children. Going through her unique profile reveals that God has been kind to her all her life. Diezani never lacked any good thing: born into a royal family, went to one of the best schools in the world, Havard and Cambridge; worked in one of the best oil firms in Nigeria, Shell Petroleum; married to one of the top personalities in Nigeria; and blessed with three children. By a dint of hard work, Diezani Alison- Madueke was blessed to hold three significant positions in the Nigerian federal government. She was appointed Transport Minister in 2007. In 2008, she was named as Minister of Mines and Steel Development. And after Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan became acting President in February 2010, with Diezani was named as Minister for Petroleum Resources. This is the post she has held till this very moment when the Fulani–Yoruba and the Ibos her in -laws from the South East decided to pull her down on behalf of the Tripod. Same as they cowed Tam David West former oil Minister who was also sent to prison for having the guts to glance at a Rolex Writs watch in far away Vienna. Their only sin is that they both hail of them are from the Ijaw tribe and hail from an oil producing enclave of the Niger Delta-Region of in the South South of Nigeria. Happily for the Ijaw Nation, the World was not left out in being kind to Diezani: In 2014, she was elected the first female President of OPEC; In December 2014, she was elected President, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF); she is currently also Chairman Committee of Ministers of the West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGPA). See why—the frogs and toads in Nigeria would never want to leave her alone and had to retrieve a 4 years old article to smear–her–while her inlaws from the South East of Nigeria clap for the Fulanis and Yorubas wanting to pull her down because of her unique achievements in life——Because she is not like Mrs Alakija who is alleged to be the richest Yoruba woman in Africa-Not because she is more educated then Mrs. Madueke-But because she was able to sell her body to a former Nigerian head of state—who gave her an oil well belong to the Ijaw Nation-in the south south region of Nigeria———–let my people go

    • Sunny Omoragbon

      With respect Sir, I completely disagree with you. The issue at stake has nothing to do with ethnicity but rather with the interest of Nigeria. The fact that she is Ijaw silver spoon lady does not mean that she should fritter the wealth of the country away. The good thing is that she was arrested in London and would be given the opportunity to defend herself in court. The Nigerian angle to her misdemeanour would be put in abeyance until after the British aspect is concluded.

    • Rommel

      You’re a simpleton

    • Daniel Ikwuagwu

      Being an Ijaw does not give her ANY RIGHT to plunder the treasury and abuse her office. Please do not abet her- except you benefit from her loot.

      You have flaunted and proudly bragged about her being an Ijaw woman of great repute, please tell me, how well did she prosper the lot of Ijaw nation and the millions of ordinary Ijaw people? Indeed, she will be remembered for some astounding firsts (chairman of a government owned oil board and first woman OPEC chairperson, etc…), let us also agree that she was wrong in the many alleged fraudulent oil deals and flagrant plundering of communal wealth.

      Brother, Deziani could have done so much for her people and those of other regions in the nation with her positions. She was so blessed and endowed. I remember her crying at the state of our roads years back when she was made the minister of works. Please tell me, how was the road when she left that position? Was anything done to improve it? NO.

      Blame not the Hausa-Fulanis. Blame not the Yorubas. These whole blame games are SICKENING! How can you even say all these?

      These people, most of them, care only about themselves.

      • Uncle Gaga (Bruce Wayne)

        Sir, you are too reasonable. With these people, you might as well be speaking Swahili.

        • Daniel Ikwuagwu

          Its really unfortunate. One even just called me a monkey. Really funny.

      • Very proud oily Ijaw warrior

        Monkey———-sadly u are an Ibo man–what a shame———But it gives Rilwan Lukman and Jubril Aminu–both Fulanis the right to steal my oil wells with impunity in the south south abi–? shameless pigs-One Nigeria when it comes to the oil wells–in the south south but not when it concerns the sharing of oil blocks do we resort to Federal character–shameless regional thieves—let my people go

        • Daniel Ikwuagwu

          My guy, you are too consumed with hate to make mush sense. Try and tell us what impact and direct benefit her positions brought to South-south lands in terms of road construction and other developments. And as a Nigerian minister, did she discharge her duties sincerely and creditably?

          As for Rilwan Lukman, Jubril Aminu, and others before, I do agree that their hands were not clean. Powerful people from the north and south were also part of the plundering cartel. Irrespective of who did it, should such heinous atrocities be justified in any way? It is even more condemnable if a son-of-the-soil who ought to know better than join in stripping her heritage bare.

          If you truly are fighting the cause of Ijaw people as you tout yourself, then I feel highly disappointed by your position. You should be appalled at those who help the so called Hausa-Fulani looters of your communal wealth than gleefully celebrate and abet them.

          Pardon me bro, you are NOT a patriotic Ijaw man. Same character as Edwin Clark. He was part of those who helped to mess up Jonathan with his adulterated, insincere, belly inspired praise singing. Today, he is singing a new song. Not surprising.

          Speak the truth from your heart bro, not out of the rumblings of your insatiable, shamless tummy!

    • Malik Isah

      pLEASE IJAW MAN, GO AND READ WHAT EDWIN CLARK SAID, GEN GEN!

      • Very proud oily Ijaw warrior

        what did he say that has not been said by Nigerians–did he abuse Buhari again–or praised his fake anti-corruption rubbish

        • Malik Isah

          i thought you have a Phd and very knowledgeable

    • skanting

      mr proudly oil ijaw man: tell me what the yorubas or hausas has to do with the non-permance, corrupt, over greedy & impunity that characterize your so called saints (GEJ & diezainee).i pity you & your generation yet unborn because the opportunity the likes of GEJ & diezaine had to better the lots of the majority of IJAWS (nation) would never come again. its a wasted opportunity. may be you are among the few that benefited from her plundering the treasury & that’s why you are painting her as saint. for almost 6 yrs of both GEJ & diezaine, apart from the university @ otuke, pls mention 5 viable employable company/ industries GEJ govt. established in bayelsa or IJAW NATIONS ( SSZ) as a whole. until you have been giving your so called ijaw nation, you are still in naija & so as true naija, lets call a spade a spade. yoruba saying is that: what ia bad is bad. it doesn’t have another name. you alleged that Alakija flirt with IBB for her be where she is today. then it means Diezaine Allison also sell her body to GEJ. from your write up, it’s very clear that you are myopic in your thinking. please be guided.

      • very proud oily Ijaw warrior

        But it gives Rilwan Lukman and Jubril Aminu–both Fulanis the right to steal my oil wells with impunity in the south south abi–? shameless pigs-One Nigeria when it comes to the oil wells–in the south south but not when it concerns the sharing of oil blocks do we resort to Federal character–shameless regional thieves—let my people go

  • Factsay

    Danjuma has oil block without any experience in oil company or any formal bidding.
    Alakija has too and many others.

    This system of giving oil blocks to individuals promote corruption .

    Why cant government own these oil blocks?

    • Very Proud Oily Ijaw man

      Former Petroleum Resources Minister, Prof. Tam David-West, blamed former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) for the lopsidedness in the award of oil blocks in favour of Northerners.

      David-West, who spoke in Ibadan on the heels of the revelations that 83 per cent of oil blocks are owned by Northerners including Buhari, Abadulsalam, Ibb–Sanusi the Emir of Kano described the situation as “unacceptable and politically explosive.”

      The professor of Virology said strict rules were set aside during Babangida’s regime in awarding the blocks, adding that his successor in office, Prof. Jubril Aminu, even awarded an oil bloc without reference to him Babangida who was the Head of State then.

      He challenged Aminu to deny his claim, stressing that he has documents to back his allegation.

      David-West said: All these terrible mismanagement of oil started during the tenure of Babangida when most of the strict rules were set aside. “It is very unacceptable and politically explosive to have a situation where 83 percent of oil blocks belongs to people from a particular section of the country, especially when oil is the mainstay of the country’s economy.”

      He was shocked one of the oil blocks belongs to late Rilwan Lukman, a former Minister of Petroleum who has never been investigated because he is an untouchable Fulani Minister. “It is very unfortunate and terrible for an oil minister to own an oil block. It is corruption. A situation where an oil minister owns oil block or petrol stations is the height of corruption,” he said. Yet instead of Buhari to tell Nigeria how the Fulanis became the largest owners of oil blocks in Nigeria—he has bulldozed his way into becoming the oil Minister while MUMU Nigerians look the other way cause BUHARI is not Ijaw-separation is the answer This madness cannot and should not be allowed to continue–The Ijaw Nation will not allow the Fulanis treat them like 7th class citizens by sending their people daily tom prison–enough is enough-.-let the war begin now-

    • Very proud oil Ijaw man

      Any media house that lifts a 4 years old, politically motivated articles–from the archives of their dirty. smelly rotten conscience if they have any-to enable them stoke the fire of hatred against the Ijaw NATION–Simply because the media misfits in Premium Times do not have a well-grounded editorial policy in place to guide them in the practice of Journalism–would end up in the usual satanic gulag of the very Buhari that set them up–and when that happens they would not be able to rely on the sympathy of the public to rescue them–Long live Mrs MADUEKE———-AND MAY LUCIFER CONTINUE TO GUIDE Buhari who has decided to fight the Ijaw Nation to his DOOM–Let my people go now–

      • Outraged

        You are not even ashamed, You call yourself proud Ijaw. If not for Obasanjo, Wole Soyinka and Tunde Bakare who fought for Jonathan in 2010, who born Ijaw people? The oil can be better managed by Yourba and Fulani. We gave you the opportunity and you mismanaged it.

      • Outraged

        Let your people go where. You are really a mumu like Jonathan. So Jonathan no fit save Ijaw and na you go come change am. You better dont commit suicide. Your people go just perish for nothing. Dont start a war you cannot finish.

  • Very Proud oily Ijaw man

    The former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani is a well refined Ijaw Woman of substance from Bayelsa state in the SS region of Nigeria. A mother of three children. Going through her unique profile reveals that God has been kind to her all her life. Diezani never lacked any good thing: born into a royal family, went to one of the best schools in the world, Havard and Cambridge; worked in one of the best oil firms in Nigeria, Shell Petroleum; married to one of the top personalities in Nigeria; and blessed with three children. By a dint of hard work, Diezani Alison- Madueke was blessed to hold three significant positions in the Nigerian federal government. She was appointed Transport Minister in 2007. In 2008, she was named as Minister of Mines and Steel Development. And after Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan became acting President in February 2010, Diezani was named as Minister for Petroleum Resources. This is the post she has held till this very moment when the Fulani–Yoruba ati the Ibos her in -laws from the South East decided to pull her down on behalf of the Tripod. Same as they cowed Tam David West former oil Minister to submission by sending him to prison for having the guts to glance at a Rolex Writs watch in far away Vienna. Their only sin is that they both of them are from the Ijaw tribe and hail from an oil producing enclave of the Niger Delta-Region in the South South Zone of Nigeria. Happily for the Ijaw Nation, the World was not left out in being kind to Diezani: In 2014, she was elected the first female President of OPEC; In December 2014, she was again elected President, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF); she is currently also Chairman Committee of Ministers of the West African Gas Pipeline Authority (WAGPA). See why—the frogs and toads in Nigeria would never want to leave her alone and had to retrieve a 4 years old article to smear–her-in Premium Times? While her in-laws from the South East of Nigeria clap for the Fulanis and Yorubas wanting to pull her down because of her unique achievements in life—–Aware she is not like Mrs Alakija who is alleged to be the richest Yoruba woman in Africa-Not because she is more educated then Mrs. Madueke-But because she was able to sell her body to a former Nigerian head of state-IBB–who gave her a very Lucrative oil well belonging to the Ijaw Nation-in the South south region of Nigeria——-Pls we beg Nigeria—-let the Ijaw Nation go away from Nigeria–instead of all these witch by the tripod—————-Freedom is our goal—no matter how long it will take us to arrive at our destination——————–Animals

    • Watchurheart

      Rubbish

      • Very proud oily Ijaw man

        Buhari the fake Mr. Integrity of Nigeria–allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor, who was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Naira and dollars to go scot free. Why because he is Fulani————————-

    • Buhari4Ever

      The could be the Ijaw man who jumped bail from London or the Ijaw man currently in prison there or better still the frog eyed Ijaw woman currently facing criminal investigation there. It only an animal that will steal money from his own to dash onyibo people

      • Very Proud oil Ijaw man

        See most Nigerians say Buhari is a pretentious anti-corruption fighter? The thing again is that the trajectory of a man’s journey in public life matters for the following satanic reasons–Buhari as an oligarch does not believe in equality before the law. That is the fear of the Ijaw Nation—–How many Oil Minister have we had in Nigeria–Did u not read about Rilwan Lukman and Jubril Aminu issuing out oil blocks to Fulanis as if they are balls of akara–Why is it that only Ijaw oil Ministers go to jail in Nigeria—? Buhari is a mental case when u also examine the way he Buhari jailed Lateef Jakande, Jim Nwobodo, Ambrose Ali, Pa Adekunle Ajasin, Chief Ayo Ojewumi on cases that had no foundation in Law.

        But—-But allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor, who was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Naira and dollars to go scot free. See that is all the evidence we need to show that Buhari is a tribalist and a Fulani racial BIGOT-Just out playing on the intelligence of gullible Nigerians–Sadly he was imposed on us by Obama—while the Ibos who are her in-laws foolishly think the only way for them to take their pound of flesh from her-is to apply the same method they used on Abacha to hang Ken Saro Wiwa————————-and send Alamieyeseigha the former governor of Bayelsa state to prison because he was installed as the Governor-General of the Ijaw Nation–SEPARATION IS THE ANSWER–WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED

    • staaaaaaaaaaa

      get away from here with your corrupted understanding of God!

    • Oladoja wahab

      ……it’s only syncophant that can post all this jagons on the plartform

    • Sonny Martin

      Diezani never attended Cambridge or Havard! Check your facts.

  • Okoni Ndem Bassey

    @ Very Proud Oily Ijaw Man: I can’t help wonder why you have chosen to take a swipe at our Igbo cousins.No Inlaws of our Oil Queen,Dame

    Diezani Alison Madueke from the South East of Nigeria are clapping for the Fulanis and their treacherous Yoruba allies,to pull her down.

    Your are a blooldy damned liar.

    Our Igbo cousins, are the most hated,most maligned and most marginalized ethnic group in Nigeria,even by you fgucking Ijaws,who shared Igbo
    property with the Ogonis and Ikweres of the Rivers after the civil war.
    You might claim to be an Ijaw,but you don’t know anything about Dame Alison Madueke.She hails from Otuoke in Bayelsa, like our Ex-President.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
    Otuoke was founded by Aro slave traders,and the name ,Diezani has lots of meanings in Igbo but none, in your fucking Ijaw.
    Come on,man! I am an Ibibio/Igbo, from Akwa Ibom. We are all victims of Hausa/Fulani cum Yoruba Islamic Hegemony.
    Apropos Oil; ‘Mr Very Proud Oily Ijaw Man’, you seem to have forgotten that three States in the South East, are also oil producing States.
    And besides.Ebonyi State,has several trillion tons of shell-oil,yet to be exploited.

    • musa aliyu

      “Hausa/Fulani cum Yoruba Islamic Hegemony.” indeed. IT IS THESE THREE that have been your governors controlling, stealing your billions, under developing your land! Good to hear that, ewu.

      • Okoni Ndem Bassey

        @Musa Aliyu: Shut up your mouth, you bloody parasite and a filthy
        beggar.To hell with you,Aboki!

      • Ejike

        Do you ever imagine where the South would have been by now without the burden of existing with the useless North? Useless in the sense that the South does NOT need anything, anything from the North. If not, why does the North never speak of seceding? Parasites!

    • Very Proud Ijaw warrior

      Sadly for us the Ibos have no history to fall back on–in Nigeria- beyond the role played by Zik in the defunct eastern Nigeria-Not one—Not even your so-called traditional Institutions that sprang up in the south-east soon after the arrival of Zik from Ghana–in the 60s—-so pls shut up–Happily for us herroots are traceable to places like Anemeibiri in the Sagbama local government area of Bayelsa state–Soon u will tell me that area was also colonized by the Aro slave thieves from Abariba——U can only talk about–the Inam people in Etche-who migrated from Abriba to settle in Etche-Rivers state-That is why the Ikwerres do not allow them settlers ury their dead in their villages-Now the Inam people are in Agbere in the Sagabama local government area–These are the Ibos who are into kidnapping in the Niger Delta-Most especially Bayelsa state–Cause their children can now speak Ijaw—fluently—–The Ijaw Nation has never been conquered by any ethnic group–in the entire South—not even the Ibos-We fought wars with the British and signed treaties with them and never with d Fulani Ibos——U foolishly talk of betrayal because u do not know the history of the Ibos——-Zik was the first human to betray the Ijaw Nation—-Go into the history books–read books like the The NATION penned by late CHIEF OSADEBE–In that his political memoirs–he clearly stated how the British asked Chief Dappa Biriye not to align with the rest of Nigeria-to demand for Independence–and how he betrayed Chief Dappa Biriye–to Zik–after the British had asked Biriye never to allow the Ijaw Nation team up with other ethnic groups to demand for freedom—It was Zik who sold the Ijaw Nation to the Fulanis-and the Yorubas——SOON AFTER THE LONDON CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE—Not only that the Ibos refused to allow Adaka Boro contest election into the Senate of University of Nsukka-because according to the Ibos Boro who later made first class in Chemistry at the University of Nigeria, Boro was not Ibo enough–Unaware Odi where Boro hails from was part of the Eastern region—-Boro had to go to court—-to demand for his rights as an Ijaw man–When u produce crude that cannot even fill the boot of a beetle car –it does not make u an oil producer–See this is what I refer to as History remembered—cause the evidence is there for all to research into–not the goosibps u presented here as facts–from the Onitish meat market————————-Over 99.9 percent of the atttack on Mrs Madueke are from her inlaws whose bread she buttered at the expense of the Ijaw nation yet we hardly ever complain—————about the way her inlaws exploited her ignorance-to the advantage of the Fulanis ati Yorubas—

      • Oladoja wahab

        …….historian,history meant for what?history is a best teacher and best preacher for those who knows it, to guilde you and lead other to way of prosperity but instead others like you use it as the tool of hatred!

        • very proud oily Ijaw warrior

          Mumu see how educated u are.—I said history remembered –meaning events that can be recalled cause they were all recorded–for posterity-_not the childish rubbish u penned from what u heard roman catholic priest allege in Rome that we are all cannibals in the south east

      • Okoni Ndem Bassey

        @Very Proud Ijaw Warrior: You don’t even know your own history or
        who you Ijaws are, as a people.
        Along the Littoral Region of our Gulf of Guinea,right from Sierra Leone
        down South to the Republic of Gabon , are to be found pockets of fisher

        folks of Ijaw extractions.
        What is common to the Ijaws, is that they all marry local women of the
        Regions they inhabit and most often, lose their identity.
        It will be really great ,for you Ijaws of Nigeria to pull your resources
        together and build your future nation. But that is going to be a tall order
        indeed,because the Ijaws are to be found in Lagos, Ondo, Delta, Rivers,

        Akwa Ibom and Cross River States as indigenes.But why?

        It might also interest you to know that about 40% of fishing families in
        Bakassi Peninsula were once Ijaws.Many of them relocated to Ikang,
        Calabar,Oron, to Maroko and Ajengula water fronts of Lagos during Abacha’s time.
        I personally have nothing against the Ijaws,unlike an ethno-chauvinist like you, with a predilection to simply hate the Igbos because you are afraid of losing Igbo property that your family acquired after the war.
        I hope you’ve acquianted yourself with the latest opinion of your Ijaw
        Elder Statesman,Chief Edwin Clark ,about President Jonathan and Buhari’s witch-hunt , against our erstwhile Petroleum Minister, Dame
        Alison Madueke.
        Please no hard feeling against our Igbo cousins, because that will be very
        unfair of you jare!

      • Okoni Ndem Bassey

        @Very Proud Ijaw Warrior.Stop being childish.Apart from Zik, did you
        ever hear about the Mole,Alvan Ikoku ,and Dennis Osadebay?
        By the way,since when did the Igbos become the problem of the Ijaws?
        Adaka Boro, George Krubo ,Kombo Igbeta,Rex Lawson ,Wenyike Briggs
        and a host of prominent Ijaws, had Igbos as mothers or grand mothers.
        Others do have Anangs,Efiks, Ibibios, Ikweres and Ogonis as their
        mothers and grand mothers.
        So the Ijaws,of the old Eastern Nigerian are indeed true and unique
        Easterners. We are all cousins jare.
        So stop being silly with your childish rantings.Our common enemy and
        oppressors are the neo-colonialist Hausa/Fulani muslims.
        You don’t even knoyw anything about your Ijaw folks.
        Along the Gulf of Guinea,from Sierra Leone ,down South to Gabon ,are
        small fishing settlements , inhabited by people of extractions.
        The Ijaw are scattered in the creeks of Lagos, Ondo, Delta, Rivers,Akwa Ibom,Cross River States and Bakassi Peninsula.Why?

  • David Adeniran

    Diezani Alison Madueke: This Animal called Woman.

    • musa aliyu

      callig her animal give her some sense of dignity. she is nameless. No word can define her

  • Kokori

    MEDIOCRE PRESIDENTS by Femi Aribisala
    =============================
    Nigeria is a country of mediocrities. Anybody can be anybody in Nigeria. A carpenter can be appointed as Minister of Health. A doctor can become the Minister of Mines and Power. Qualifications matter little. It is “Turn-by-turn Nigeria Limited.”

    An indolent man wakes up in the morning, has a long stretch and then comes to a sudden decision: “I am going to run to be President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Does anyone really believe this nincompoop has a chance of becoming president of Nigeria? Yes, indeed! In Nigeria, all things are possible. Even a blind man can become the goal-keeper of the Super Eagles. Nigeria is a democratic country in a truly Nigerian sense of the word. Just about anybody [e.g certificateless and uneducated Mohmmed Buhari] can be president of the country. – Femi Aribisala

    • Oladoja wahab

      …….psycologically,something must be wrong with you to post this rubish on the plartform,if you still in possesion of pdp lagata, better reported to the nearest police station before you are declare wanted!,even madueke who vacated to london was not escape from the war on corruption of PMB. For the seriousness of the case of madueke, the pdp ,fayose,fani kayode and aribisala and co still have no word to say till date…..and you dead brain were making ariisala as your refference.

      • Kiotu Maduka

        @oladojawahab:disqus
        Truth hurts. Instead of responding to the subject matter you resorted to insults and other vagaries. It is a reflection of your level of civilization and underscores the sanctity of Kokori’s post. Until we remove the cataract-like scales of blind obsession and loyalty driven by cowardice, we will continue to operate a system that exalts mediocrity over excellence and people like Mohammed Buhari will always be propped up for presidency when such persons would never get nomination as ‘shit parkers/collectors’ in New York or Paris. When a President of a country cannot stand up and make an intelligent speech @ an international or local gathering without looking at a prepared material and reading word from word, then such a fellow is a misfit and would have benefited humanity more if s/he were not born. Sadly, without exception, this is the fate of all Nigeria’s presidents from September 1966 – Date.

        • Oladoja wahab

          …..and why don’t you…..civilised,educated and the talkative of all the time! not among the last election presidential candidate of Nigeria?
          as if the president is means for ceremonial presentation not for performance!

  • Kokori

    MEDIOCRE PRESIDENTS by Femi Aribisala
    ===============================
    Nigeria is a country where true presidential materials never get to be presidents.
    – Obasanjo became president and claimed: “Not My Will.”
    – Shagari became president when all he wanted was to be a Senator.
    – Goodluck Jonathan became president essentially as a result of his good luck.
    – Buhari became president, but has no presidential agenda.

    That means people become president who don’t have a clue what to do when in power. When they become president, they register in a school and start to learn the ABC of public policy. By the time they reach JSS 1, their term is over. Then they might shoot for a third term. – Femi Aribisala

  • Martins Marvin

    Until Presidency is permanently out of reach of the peoples from Northern Nigeria & Western Nigeria, this country (Nigeria) will never make progress and will never develop. These two regions have misled & misgoverned Nigeria for 51 out of 55 yrs of independence and Nigeria is worse of.

    Yet, despite this colossal failure, these two regions will stop at nothing to get power back including spilling blood & terrorism…and the world is watching.The responsibility to act rests on the South & East which incidentally have 100% of the wealth been squandered by the parasitic Northern & Western Nigeria. These two regions- the Yorubas & Hausa-Fulanis are the clog in the wheel of progress of corporate Nigeria.

    • emmanuel

      Gbam!

    • Oladoja wahab

      ……and that’s why the nation feel mad about the poor performance of the ijaw young man and young lady, one of the smalest ethnics in Nigeria,shoud they performed notably well,the record will be there for the nation to give them the opportunity next time but now who will dare to gamble?

    • Omotolaaraujo

      What’s this bigoted rant have to do with Diezani’s corruption?

    • Sonny Martin

      What has this got to do with corruption? Stolen money was not used to better the Ijaw masses. They still live in the creeks!

  • Layo

    Deziani the wild goat , ended up swallowing all our yam. Wicked.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    This woman is the tip of the iceberg. There is corruption in every sector. Nigeria needs to prove it has the ability to fight corruption at home.

  • Very proud oily Ijaw warrior

    A very troubling trend by Premium Times and a section of the hired Nigerian public opinion commentators and their regional thugs is that they more often than not, resort to herd and manufacture dispositions from the moon to suit the needs of their Masters in Aso Rock against the Ijaw Nation. Those who cannot even pick humans with little integrity as Ministers for a man endowed with an unstable certificate forging spirit such as Buhari–are often used as the errand boys. That is why u see these APC apes attempt to easily demonize a Minister who may have served under the government of Jonathan–simply because of the Ijawness in her. By chorusing the same argument in a manner reminiscent of a flock led by Fulanis in search of a pasture in Ondo state-close to the home of Falae.

    These ever-expanding regional engagement, in Sharia reporters Punch and Premium Times, ordinarily, may not give cause for concern to her tribesmen and women in the Niger Delta. However, the danger in such demonic attitude is that under the cover of championing a touted national interest, these demon filled individuals often end up–stoking the fire of hatred against Mrs Madueke among others-simply because of their Ijaw tribal marks–with a view to profiting from a Fulani ati Yoruba agenda against the oil-producing states in the Niger delta. Often, the aim which is hardly stated when their pick and pay media agents start planting their negative articles in the press. Because most of these satanic articles, are neatly tailored at settling old regional or zonal scores concerning the long lost Nigerian civil war. But by the time the dust of the exercise would have settled, some hard-earned reputation must have been sullied by the Buharimice championing this evil cause against the Ijaw Nation–Individuals such as David West–Alameiyeseighai former governor of Bayelsa state–Ibori and Madam Ibru ati Ken Saro Wiwa who was hanged while Buhari was with abacha are some of their victims–Let my people go———————-for freedom is our goal—Long Live Mrs Madueke——-down with the buhari mice—–in search of credible Ministers—-

  • Very Proud oily Ijaw warrior

    Former Petroleum Resources Minister, Prof. Tam David-West, blamed former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) for the lopsidedness in the award of oil blocks in favour of Northerners.

    David-West, who spoke in Ibadan on the heels of the revelations that 83 per cent of oil blocks are owned by Northerners including Buhari, Abadulsalam, Ibb–Sanusi the Emir of Kano described the situation as “unacceptable and politically explosive.”

    The professor of Virology said strict rules were set aside during Babangida’s regime in awarding the blocks, adding that his successor in office, Prof. Jubril Aminu, even awarded an oil bloc without reference to him Babangida who was the Head of State then.

    He challenged Aminu to deny his claim, stressing that he has documents to back his allegation.

    David-West said: All these terrible mismanagement of oil started during the tenure of Babangida when most of the strict rules were set aside. “It is very unacceptable and politically explosive to have a situation where 83 percent of oil blocks belongs to people from a particular section of the country, especially when oil is the mainstay of the country’s economy.”

    He was shocked one of the oil blocks belongs to late Rilwan Lukman, a former Minister of Petroleum who has never been investigated because he is an untouchable Fulani Minister. “It is very unfortunate and terrible for an oil minister to own an oil block. It is corruption. A situation where an oil minister owns oil block or petrol stations is the height of corruption,” he said. Yet instead of Buhari to tell Nigeria how the Fulanis became the largest owners of oil blocks in Nigeria—he has bulldozed his way into becoming the oil Minister while MUMU Nigerians look the other way cause BUHARI is not Ijaw-separation is the answer This madness cannot and should not be allowed to continue–The Ijaw Nation will not allow the Fulanis treat them like 7th class citizens by sending their people daily tom prison–enough is enough-.-let the war begin now-

    • Charlie

      I share your outrage over how selective the war against corruption is being wage. However, I think all oil wells that are still productive and were awarded under questionable circumstances should be taken back by the government. All criminals be they Ijaw, Fulani, Ibo or Yoruba should be jailed. I don’t see why anyone should want to wage war over corrupt politicians that benefited only themselves, their friends and their families only.

  • IJIAKA

    If this was indeed an old article from 2011, why is the phrase “THEN PETROLEUM MINISTER” used in this statement, “Under the direction and with the approval of then petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.”?

    • Ned

      Because she left office 3 days after signing the said contracts. The article could have been on the 4th day, or even 4th week after she ceased being a minister. You get it now?

  • Very Proud oily Ijaw warrior

    Buhari the fake Mr. Integrity of Nigeria–allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor, who was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Naira and dollars to go scot free. Why because he is Fulani——-

  • Very Proud oily Ijaw warrior

    Buhari the fake Mr. Integrity of Nigeria–allowed Awwal Ibrahim, the then Niger State governor WHILE HE WAS HEAD OF STATE, and who was arrested in Heathrow Airport in London with 14 million pounds sterling and several millions of Naira and dollars to go scot free. Why because he is Fulani——-Yet yearns to jail the woman Mrs Madueke who was seen with 27,000 pounds–8 million Naira-only-the woman whose crude oil resources have been feeding 170 million Nigerians FOR OVER 60 YEARS–let my people go–animals