The former petroleum minister is held up in the UK where she is being investigated for money laundering. In Nigeria, property worth billions of Naira have been seized from her and forfeited to the federal government as she continues to be investigated for various corrupt practices while in office.
She has denied any wrongdoing and recently asked that she be allowed to return to Nigeria to face corruption charges, a move blocked by the EFCC.
Mr. Edun was detained as he arrived Nigeria on Wednesday and is currently being held at the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos, multiple sources told PREMIUM TIMES.
“He is being held as part of investigations into Diezani’s multiple corrupt schemes,” an official of the Counter Terrorism and General Intelligence unit handling the EFCC investigation told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr. Edun, co-owner of the Daniel Ford estate agency near King’s Cross, London, could not be contacted for comment. Colleagues at his London office declined to answer questions.
“I can confirm the arrest but I am not able to give details at this stage,” EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said.
A PREMIUM TIMES collaborative investigation with Finance Uncovered in the UK revealed that Mr. Edun was named in U.S. court documents as having links to an alleged money laundering scandal swirling around Mrs. Alison-Madueke.
The court papers said he had ‘assisted’ various Nigerian businessmen with the purchase of £8.3 million of prime London real estate intended ‘for the use and benefit’ of Mrs. Alison-Madueke in March 2011.
The businessman earlier told UK newspaper, The Mail on Sunday, that “everything [we do] is done within the ambit of regulation.”