EXCLUSIVE: Noose tightens around Alison-Madueke in UK, £18 million property uncovered

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

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has frozen a £10million worth of London property allegedly bought for Diezani Alison-Madueke as investigations into the case against the former minister unravels by the day.

Two properties at Regents Park in London, along with one in Buckinghamshire, have now been frozen based on the request of Nigerian authorities.

A London court gave the frozen order in September 2016 but details of the rulings have only recently become public.

But the agency was too late in preventing a further two properties worth £8m from being sold.

In July, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed four properties it alleged were bought for the former petroleum  minister by individuals and firms seeking her influence in obtaining lucrative oil asset and crude oil lifting contracts.

Some of the oil asset were assigned to people believed to be her cronies through controversial Strategic Alliance Agreements.

The DoJ’s affidavit stated that businessmen Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko were involved in the purchase of two of the properties allegedly bought for Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

The UK order obtained by journalists at Africa Confidential has revealed that three of the properties have been frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Apart from Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Mr. Omokore and Mr. Aluko, the order also named three other individuals as defendants in the case, all of whom are believed to have received contracts or oil asset from the NNPC during the embattled minister’s tenure.

They include Aiteo’s Chief Executive Officer, Benedict Peters, a jeweler named Christopher Aire, and a lawyer named Donald Amamgbo. All received contracts from the NNPC. The order forbids the defendants from disposing of or dealing in the properties.

But although the NCA has frozen three properties worth £10 million,  the agency was too late to prevent a further two properties worth £8 million from being sold.

One of these, a massive nine-bedroom house in London’s exclusive Hampstead Garden Suburb, bought by a BVI company in January 2011 for £5,850,000- was sold in May 2015.

Similarly, the property at 39 Chester Close, one of the properties listed in the DoJ case, which was bought by Kola Aluko’s BVI based Mortlake Investments for £1.73 million, was sold in July 2015, months before the NCA initially arrested the former Minister.

UK estate agent, Daniel Ford & Co, assisted in the purchases of three of the properties, and UK solicitors firms, Addie & Co and Gordon’s Partnership, were conveyancers of the deals.

According to Corruption Watch, a UK NGO, investigators should look carefully at these organisations’ due diligence practices.

Secret Hearing

The order signals a step up in the UK’s investigation of the former minister, who was first arrested by the NCA in October 2015, when the agency confiscated her passport and £27,000 in cash found in her apartment.

However the extent of the evidence against the former minister and the other defendants remains unclear.

The September 2016 forfeiture proceeding of the properties was held in private, meaning that the evidence that the NCA presented to support the seizure is not accessible.

This evidence will be critical. Although Messrs Peters, Aire and Amamgbo all had lucrative contracts with the NNPC, and are all accused of lavish spending for Mrs Alison-Madueke, this alone will not be enough to secure criminal prosecutions against any of them, analysts say.

“In the U.S. and U.K., simply buying luxury items for a government official like Ms. Alison-Madueke isn’t against the law,” says Aaron Sayne, a Financial Investigator and Senior Governance Officer at the National Resource Governance Institute.

“Investigators have to link the money involved to a crime that happened in Nigeria. And if the crime is bribery, they must also show that the items purchased rewarded her for helping someone win a government contract. That’s not easy to prove, especially well enough to stand up in court.”

The DoJ’s case included transcripts of conversations in which the minister appears to admit her role in awarding the SAAs to Atlantic – but it is still unclear whether the UK has additional evidence relating to the contracts that Messrs. Amamgbo, Peters, and Aire received during Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s tenure.

Neither Donald Amamgbo and Christopher Aire had experience in the oil business when their newly minted trading firms picked up term contracts from the NNPC: Mr. Amamgbo was an attorney, Mr. Aire a jeweler.

And this practice of giving oil contracts to inexperienced firms picked for political connections has not ended, however.

“Patronage and self-enrichment are still the driving forces behind many sales,” according to Mr. Sayne, though he admits that the NNPC, has “sanitized some of its oil sales processes under President Buhari”.

The properties

SOLD: 39 Chester Close North- Bought by Kola Aluko’s BVI company, Mortlake Investments, in March 2011 for £1,730,000. Mrs. Alison-Madueke is alleged to have selected the stone flooring for the property in a renovation also led by Kola Aluko. The property was sold in July 2015, months before the NCA initially arrested the former Minister, for £2,800,000.

SOLD: Winnington Road

A massive nine bedroom property in Hampstead Garden Suburb – one of London’s most exclusive areas– was on the NCA’s list of properties to be frozen. However the property was sold in May 2015, before by the time the UK received a request from the Nigerian authorities to freeze the property.  The property was bought by BVI company Hampstead Corporate Limited in January 2011 for £5,850,000.

The beneficial ownership of Hampstead Corporate, and its connection to the named defendants in the UK freezing order, is unknown.

Frozen –

FROZEN: The Falls, Buckinghamshire- Bought by Jide Omokore’s Seychellois company Miranda Investments for £3,250,000 in January 2011. Used UK law firm Addie & Co.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke was the only known resident of the property, and was addressed by the staff there as “the Madam”, according to the DoJ’s case, which also states that Kola Aluko engaged a construction company to upgrade the property.  The property was briefly marketed by estate agent Brampton Partnership in August 2015.

FROZEN: Harley House- Bought by Seychellois company Rosewood Investments for £2,800,000 in March 2011, and now revealed to be beneficially owned by Aiteo Chief Executive Officer Benedict Peters.

Construction workers renovating Harley House over the summer of 2011 were introduced to Mrs. Alison-Madueke as “the architect”, and Kola Aluko, who was co-ordinating the renovation of Harley House in the summer of 2011, forwarded the plans for the apartment to the former minister.

The property is furnished with some of the $107,000 luxury furnishings bought for Mrs Alison-Madueke by Mr. Peters.

FROZEN: Park View – Bought by Seychelles company Colinwood Ltd, whose ownership is unknown, in March 2011 for £3,750,000. Used UK law firm Gordon’s.

According to the DoJ documents, the purchase was financed with a mortgage from the UK branch of FBN Bank, obtained by “co-conspirator #1” – who is believed to be Christopher Aire.

According to the DoJ’s case, Mr. Aluko co-ordinated renovations to Park View, and Mrs. Alison-Madueke met with the construction worker to discuss the renovations.


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  • Shahokaya

    This woman was the greatest success story of Jonathan . No single individual was able to make the kind of money she made in two years through out the world. While she was reeking in the dollars and founds he allowed poor Patience to rely on second rate Bayelsa and Abuja properties.

    • Dolapo Williams

      @shahokaya:disqus

      I WANT TO THAN THE MORE RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT OF ITALY, BRITAIN AND AMERICA

      FOR FIGHTING THE CORRUPTION ORIGINATING FROM BUHARI WHILST BUHARI SLUMBERS.

    • Country Watch 2017

      @shahokaya:disqus

      O’ yes, but the Buhari government is just too useless to sensibly fight corruption.

      it has no compass; but just drifts any which way, like something blowing in the
      wind. Muhamadu Buhari himself does not inspire Nigerians. His sense of justice
      is wrong and askew. Here are two examples of frauds of huge public importance which
      President Muhamadu Buhari sweeps under the carpet either because those involved
      are financiers of his APC party or related to top APC party members:

      • A whopping $146 million allegedly stolen from
      NNPC was found hidden at Sterling Bank in Nigeria by the bank’s Managing Director
      Yemi Adeola who actively hid the funds away from the bank’s balance sheet and
      actively disguised it to prevent detection. President Buhari has not brought the
      Sterling Bank’s officials to book till date for conspiracy or moneylaundering.

      • The Federal government’s Financial Reporting Council agency
      conducted an official investigative audit of Central Bank of Nigeria under the
      tenure of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and uncovered massive fraud disguised on the
      bank’s account books totaling a whopping one Trillion three hundred billion Naira.
      That audit report was detailed and delivered to President Buhari since 29th May,
      2015. Till today, President Buhari has taken no sensible step to either recover the
      stolen funds or bring the CBN officials to book as fraudsters.

      • Ola

        Since you have all these incriminating documents and you seem to be smarter than Buhari, the government and investigating agencies, why don’t you take up the case yourself or be a whistle blower.

        That way you help the fight against corruption and make some money doing it.

        • Rotimi Ogunsola

          @disqus_SNwzLV27yI:disqus

          Why worry to blow any whistle when the Buhari government is hard of hearing? Who will hear the whistle you blow? The Buhari governmnt is deaf. That’s the simple truth. Buhari looks more like an
          ancient illiterate Emir than a modern-day president. Up to date Buhari cannot point to one single
          achievement in office. He just wants to rule, even if he doesn’t have the knowledge. Big shame!

  • systematic

    I don’t no what to speech about this woman

    • Factual Bob

      What are you trying to say?

      • Julius

        hahahahahahaa…smdh ! . Some weed are too strong !

  • Braithwaite Umenta

    What is actually wrong with this woman??????

    • Sam

      Only her husband can tell us, lol

      • Julius

        I bet he doesn’t know either. She is evil !

  • deri best

    The Ibos Yorubas and the Fulanis are after her just to intimidate—–the Ijaws——How can A Yoruba man go about buying properties for an oil Minister in London and the USA——–is it right—Has the man who bought the houses confessed to them—-has he been arrested——-see why they do not want Deri to post comments–cause non is prepared to challenge the thieves from the old regions of Nigeria—-

  • deri best

    She stole because she is married to an Ibo man–just may be–animals

    • Olusola

      Deri Oriburuku is that you? Long time my Ijaw friend!

  • Ken

    EFCC should continue to waste its time chasing shadows. Any issue in the oil industry is Diezani because she is indisposed.

    • Sam

      Don’t mind them, that’s how they stole brain too. Oluku

    • tundemash

      What kind of weed do you smoke ?

      “The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has frozen a £10million worth of London property allegedly bought for Diezani Alison-Madueke as investigations into the case against the former minister unravels by the day.”

      “In July, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed four properties it alleged were bought for the former petroleum minister by individuals and firms seeking her influence in obtaining lucrative oil asset and crude oil lifting contracts.”

      So what has EFCC got to do with this ? So left to you, this woman, who brazenly looted your destiny should be allowed to go scot free ?

    • Julius

      Really ?

  • X. P. 2000

    @braithwaiteumenta:disqus ;

    The 39 Chester Close North house and the one at Winnington Road in Hampstead Garden suburb,
    remain proceeds of crime and subject to seizure under the equity rules applicable in England.
    So, if the triad of local wretches and criminal recidivists, namely: Kola Aluko, Jide Omokore and
    a worst thief Nigeria’s ever had, Dizeani Allison-Madueke, believe in their local heads that they’d
    get away with stealing by quickly selling stolen assets, it shows the trio have no home training
    and only pure water in their otherwise empty skulls. Whilst they robbed Nigeria they thought
    themselves wise. Like rats they nibbled at community wealth and expected to be let alone
    to enjoy their proceeds of crimes. Poor idiots! The world dos not work that way. That’s why
    ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who provided official cover for the mind-blowing thefts,
    can hardly look himself up in a standing mirror, lest he ran out naked at what will reflect.

    • ????360° degrees

      @braithwaiteumenta:disqus

      SOONER OR LATER GOODLUCK JONATHAN WILL BE ARRESTED FOR THESE THEFTS.

      HE HAS ALREADY BEEN SUMMONED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO APPEAR.

      JONATHAN IS SLATED FOR PARLIAMENTARY PROBE ON $1.2 BILLION MALABU OIL FRAUD.

    • deri best

      U ARE A MENTAL CASE PERIOD–WHEN WILL U CHASE RILWAN LUKMAN AND JUBRIL AMINU—DID SHE FORCE THEM TO BUY THE HOUSES FOR HER——HAPPILY THEY ARE ALL YORUBAS AND IBOS–NO IJAW MAN OR WOMAN WHAT A SHAME

  • FineBoy

    This Woman could have stolen GEJ o.

    Seems everyday at work, all she did was plan looting and looting

    • Julius

      Lmaoooooooooo@This Woman could have stolen GEJ o. She did. The mumu didn’t even know what she was doing under him. I bet you, he is baffled now as we all are. He knew the ones they stole together but all these is news to him. Remember he was signing documents by Dasuki without knowing what he was signing. He said he couldn’t believe that $2.1 billion was looted. Imagine that.

      • Chin Ce

        Ha! Ha! Right on point, Julius!

      • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

        Hahahaha u don flog all d wailers for buttocks.

        • Julius

          Ma dawon lohun jare. Awon omo were !

  • tundemash

    This is media trial according to the online wailers, whose destiny was looted by same Denziani.

    • share Idea

      If you still believe all these make believe stories by EFCC you can believe anything. UK court gave the order in 2016 and it is now public in Nigeria in 2017.

      Tbis same stories was recycled last week by PT and today again, they are at it. When Ibori case was going on, the public followed it and Ibori was charged to court. In this particular instance, have you had that UK court charged Deziani to court on this particular allegations.

      • tundemash

        Share Dunce, Denziani didn’t only loot your destiny, she also cursed you too apparently.

    • Pete

      Mr Gullible, is this report not in APC Premium Times?
      Can anything associated with APC be wholesome?
      Where is the credibility in a report like this that is at best the figment of a warped mind determined to convict without proof?
      Why is it so difficult to put Dieziani up for trial if they had so much evidence LINKING her or TRACED to her?
      For your information, I’ve not seen any of these spurious reports that has indicated a DOCUMENTED personal connection or transaction between the woman and the silly allegations.

      • Broadway2

        Useless talk. PM is owed by APC now abi? When it reported that Buhari was being bedridden, it was not for APC.

      • tundemash

        Mor0n,

        I bet you were too high on cheap weed to read the news before commenting.

        I guess APC and PremiunTimes control the UK’s National Crime Agency and US’ Department of Justice that are investigating Denziani who looted your destiny.

        “The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has frozen a £10million worth of London property allegedly bought for Diezani Alison-Madueke as investigations into the case against the former minister unravels by the day.”
        .
        “In July, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed four properties it alleged were bought for the former petroleum minister by individuals and firms seeking her influence in obtaining lucrative oil asset and crude oil lifting contracts.”

        When same PremiumTimes publish stories about Buhari’s illness, they were not APC PremiumTimes then abi ? TWAT you are.

        • Pete

          Mr. Gullible,
          Aren’t you taking these quotes from A PREMIUM TIMES report?
          If the intention of PT is to do what it is doing – paint Dieziani bad as required by EFCC, – does it not occur to you that it would rig any information to achieve its aim?
          If you don’t show people a UK’s National Crime Agency’s report that POSITIVELY LINKS those frozen properties to the woman, then your mum is the moron, and she’s got to be to have had you who crawls through cyberspace insulting and abusing people who don’t share your simple-minded and shallow positions.

          • tundemash

            What a twat ! Those properties must have been seized from ghosts. Denziani didn’t only loot your destiny, she obviously cursed you too.

  • Tommy Soto

    Me still thinks the UK is in on the scheme and is protecting the former oil minister. It shouldn’t take two years for the judicial and criminal system of a so-called developed country to close a case. They are foot-dragging and stalling until the next looter regime comes to power in Nigeria. Record keeping and sub-par accounting procedures at the NNPC and CBN during the last administration are questionable.

    “In the U.S. and U.K., simply buying luxury items for a government official like Ms. Alison-Madueke isn’t against the law,” says Aaron Sayne, a Financial Investigator and Senior Governance Officer at the National Resource Governance Institute.“Investigators have to link the money involved to a crime that happened in Nigeria. And if the crime is bribery, they must also show that the items purchased rewarded her for helping someone win a government contract. That’s not easy to prove, especially well enough to stand up in court.”

  • Pete

    This is just a continuation of the APC-compromised media stupidity aimed at convicting this woman in the court of public opinion by all means.
    How can people make all these grievous allegations in one breath, yet in the next they admit that the evidence available may not be enough to hold up a case against her?
    Whatever happened to ‘innocent until convicted by a court of law’?
    It’s so sad that many Nigerians can’t see through these APC/EFCC-planted stories.
    Oya, make una arrest her and charge her to court, nah.
    Wawaye kawai!

    • Broadway2

      You really have nothing to say. What is public opinion court here? Is what you read written by APC or efcc? It’s a newspaper report.
      If she’s convicted without proper investigation, the same you would say Buhari is a dictator.

      • Pete

        Since you don’t know how the media works, let me enlighten you.
        This report was carried by a number of media houses in practically the same words.
        That shows that their source is the same. None of them has correspondents in the UK. Therefore, it is obvious that EFCC which has been fabricating reports and posting cheap video documentaries about Dieziani on social media is the only source of the report, especially given that it continues in the same weak narrative that claims that the properties were LINKED or TRACED (whatever that means) to the woman but not OWNED.
        Can you buy a property gift for another person without buying it in the person’s name?
        What is there to stop you or your family from taking back ownership of that property in future if it wasn’t in the name of the beneficiary?
        EFCC/APC continue in their falsehoods because many Nigerians are unable to carry out independent thinking!
        On your second point, can someone be convicted without being charged to court? is Buhari a court?

    • The facts

      Thank you Sir. The problem with an average Nigeria is that he/she believes anything and that’s why the press can print anything.

  • thusspokez

    Where was the EFCC when this woman was embezzling all this money?

    The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has frozen a £10million worth of London property allegedly bought for Diezani Alison-Madueke

    I doubt this story. The UK is very corrupt country and the reason people don’t hear about the level of corruption is because, it if often swept under the proverbial carpet.

    London is full of crooks like Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the UK government would be reluctant to freeze the monies and properties of crooks like Diezani Alison-Madueke for fear of alarming other crooks (from Russians, East Europe, Asia, ans Africa) so that they don’t move their money elsewhere. Further, any money frozen is done by the UK courts — not the NCA.

    • TruthBeSaid

      Don’t forget that the Nigerian president is vested with so much power that every MDA acts only if he/she endorses it.

      • thusspokez

        This is all a myth: In a democracy, power is spread out or shared out. The President’s power is limited if you look closely.

        The president appoints the heads of the law enforcement agencies because someone has to appoint them, (and in some cases, Senate confirmation would be needed) but he cannot micro mange them without he, himself getting into trouble with the constitution.

        As long as they follow due process and the law, the president would have no justification to even sack them — which is the worst thing that could happen to them.

  • Dan Arewa

    Mtswww!
    These people have cheat us. They made the International community to refer most Nigerians as corrupt. If SHE (and all Pen rubbers) have invested the money in Nigeria or Niger Delta, the case will have been easy. But sending our money to other countries to benefit is the worst idea of human being.

  • Jo Zideke

    What about peace airline etc owned by the PDP thieves?

  • Ogidiolu

    After decades of looting by successive regimes on a scale that can only be described as incredulous, isn’t about time we used the ultimate punishment for this most harmful and egregious crime. Talk of arrests, getting money back, efcc tribunal and all these other things seems to trivialise the seriousness of corrupt officials and the effect. Their actions are literally killing us so I think it is only right that we kill them first. I am calling for execution of any corrupt official going back 30 years, since Shagari regime. We need to be killing these people. They are you disgusting.