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Ghanaian National & NNPC Staff Member Among ‘Persons of Interest’ in Diezani Money Laundering Investigations




British National Crime Agency (NCA) has invited some ‘persons of interest’ to assist them with their investigations in the bribery, corruption and money laundering allegations being leveled against former petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

According to ThisDay, those who have been invited include “a UK-based real estate agent; Chairman/CEO of Aiteo Oil and Gas, Benedict Peters; the husband of Melanie Spencer, from whom £10,000 was confiscated last week when the NCA arrested the former minister; and one Kevin Okyere, a Ghanaian national.”

Other named persons of interest include Kola Aluko; a staff of the London office of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Joe Mordi; the former minister’s London-based driver; another London-based driver/butler; and one of the co-founders of oil and gas trading firm Tridax Energy, Donald Chidi Amamgbo.

The identities of the rest of the persons of interest are yet to be revealed.

Sources state although the “persons of interest” were not being charged with any crime, the authorities are inviting them to help them with their investigations.

The publication further states “investigations on the former minister were commenced in 2013 by the British authorities under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and transferred to it earlier this year.”


  1. Author Unknown

    October 7, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    My hope is that this investigation results in multiple charges, and eventually convictions with long term sentences. The message needs to be sent out that it’s not okay to embezzle public funds or aid in its doing. Nigerians have become so desensitized to corruption we don’t even realise that that is our number one hindrance to being a great nation. It has to start from somewhere, and not every guilty party will get caught, naturally. What I wonder is what will happen when this investigation touches on our former somebody because we all know Diezani ain’t acting alone. Crude oil has been more of a curse to Nigeria than it has a blessing.

  2. Anon

    October 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    The Kola Aluko is employed by NNPC? I thought he was some big time “energy entrepreneur” and a member of the cabal we keep hearing about. BNers, please enlighten me.

    • Anon

      October 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      Joe Mordi is the NNPC London staff. The semi-colons muddled up the people involved.

  3. Iris

    October 7, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Why do Nigerian journalists always use ‘one’ to describe a person that’s new to them? ‘…and one Kevin Okyere…’ It’s annoying. This is also old news and earlier articles said Melanie Spencer is Kevin’s wife. Which one is correct?

  4. Ba

    October 7, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Serious matter cum confusion.

  5. tony

    October 7, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Corruption is not stealing. Haha day of reckoning.Our continent would change.

  6. Aseye

    October 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Correction Kevin okyere is melanie husband not benedict Peters

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