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$153m Fraud: EFCC Discovers Estate Reportedly Belonging to ex-Minister Diezani as Magu Heads to London to Continue Investigation

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered an estate located on Diepreye Alamieyeseigha Street, off Goodluck Jonathan Road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, reportedly belonging to former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The Nation reports that the large estate was discovered by operatives of the anti-graft agency in the course of their investigation of public funds allegedly stolen by the former minister.

A source close to the investigation said;

Following our obtaining a court order to recover some assets belonging to Diezani, we were able to gather intelligence which led to the location of the hidden estate in question in Bayelsa State.

Our operatives also conducted searches in some houses on the estate based on tip-off on the  ex-minister.

We will follow due process in invoking the relevant laws on asset forfeiture on all the mansions in the estate.

It was also reported that the Acting Chairman of the anti-graf agency, Ibrahim Magu, has traveled to London to continue investigation on some properties that have been traced to Alison-Madueke in Nigeria and abroad.

Magu in London. Via: EFCC (Facebook)

The Nation reports that the estate in Bayelsa state, Nigeria is coded BGIS/OK/02/16/310.

Another source, speaking on Magu’s trip to London, said:

We are getting closer to the biggest fraud trial in the UK. The Acting EFCC chairman has left Abuja for London to compare notes with his colleagues.

The EFCC is collaborating with prosecutors in the United Kingdom by providing incontrovertible evidence against the ex-minister.

Some of the UK investigators visited Nigeria in 2016. A few of our crack detectives have been in and out of the UK too.

Magu’s trip is part of the crystallization and consolidation of evidence against Diezani.

Recall that the EFCC on Friday told a Federal High Court in Lagos that $153.3 million was wired from Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) accounts to Fidelity Bank before it was given to Sterling Bank, Access Bank Plc., and First Bank Plc., for safe keeping.

EFCC said the banks “aided and abetted the massive fraud perpetrated by the minister.”

Another source told The Nation that some bank chiefs may be prosecuted at the end of investigation

“Although we are presently preoccupied with the recovery of looted public funds by the ex-minister, we cannot rule out the prosecution of some people at the end of the day.

Some bank chiefs, maybe about five, may face trial but we are not making this a priority now. We want to retrieve every dollar stolen from NNPC accounts.

Some of these bank chiefs are pleading that we should allow them to refund the funds credited to them without prosecution. But the weight of evidence will determine our position at the end of the day.

The truth is that many bank chiefs were engaged by the ex-minister to perpetrate fraud.

So far, all the banks implicated are cooperating with the EFCC. We hope that in two weeks’ time, the $153million would have been forfeited to the Federal Government,” the source said.

35 Comments

  1. Tee

    January 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    “The Federal government should leave our daughter alone. She has nothing to do with the allegations of missing $20 that Sanusi reported or any corruption practices in NNPC as stated . She is ill and in critical condition in London” signed by olori eni of the Madueke clan. Who remember the letter her family sent to Guardian and the rest last year? I sidon dey look the episode o. Hmmm!!!!!!

    • nwa nna

      January 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      @Tee
      Our daughter?! You my friend, are an example of why Nigeria will never progress with a mindset like yours.. It’s not until Nigerians put aside all tribal sentiments will Nigeria move forward and achieve its full potential…
      So, what exactly has your so called daughter done to improve your lives? Let me guess, zilch, nothing, nada.. Yet, you’re here spitting rubbish..
      I say goodluck to you and your likes

    • Sansarai

      January 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      Nwa Nna, read Tee’s comment to the end. People will just be itching to reply and won’t read well

    • o

      January 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      You for try read the comment till the end before replying na….

    • Sevenade

      January 8, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      @nwa nna, na so you dey do com fail exam. After you go say the lecturer no like you. Learn to read properly, then make sure say you comprehend wetin you read, before you comment.

    • Iris

      January 8, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Omo, what were you doing in English class the day they taught about inverted commas and quotations?

    • Stuz

      January 11, 2017 at 3:24 am

      @nwanna, I bu nno ezigbo iti bolibo.

    • abby

      January 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      chai! 70 people liked this comment…Is there still hope

  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    January 8, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    All parties involved {including the bank managers, etc.} should be made to face the wrought of the Nigerian Law period. A thief is a thief regardless of the role they played in the commission of the crime.

    • moi

      January 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      till banks and their officers who aid in corruption are prosecuted, jailed and fined we might not make head way in this fight.
      Without the banks helping out, how will they steal, wire and launder money
      Magu there is no way the banks shouldnt be punished, if u check BOFID very well you will always see a part to nab to them
      either due diligence, anti-money laundering, NDLEA report, NFIU, KYC, SUSPICIOUS transactions report etc……

  3. About to go down

    January 8, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    So there’s this story about this guy called Pretty Mike who puts girls on leash as if they are dogs. Just read it and viewed the pictures on the other side. BN please post it here for better, heated analysis. No disrespect for the commenters on the other side.

    • Noor

      January 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      BN commenters are as rude and hypocritical as commenters on every other blog, sometimes less sensitive and like most Nigerians, lack critical thinking skills. Don’t wash yourself lol

  4. Authentic Sunshine

    January 8, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    This woman rubbed Nigeria blind. This is greed and selfishness. How much does one need for an expensive lifestyle? Come on…

  5. Hotchick

    January 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    “Wrath” and ” robbed.” I suck at sp too, and autocorrect!!!? Hmm!

    • Authentic Sunshine

      January 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Oh dear just saw this. Sighs while SMH.

  6. Hotchick

    January 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Note to self: ” “

  7. Mohammad

    January 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Diezani’s Estate on Alamieyeseigha Street, off Goodluck Jonathan Road. Kai! This one sounds like the headquarters of the international tiff-tiff association.

    • tunmi

      January 9, 2017 at 4:23 am

      ???????
      I swear the jokes write themselves

  8. Madman

    January 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    No one is disturbing, Abacha family, Obasanjo, ElRufai and Buhari scammers….. They should leave Madueke alone.

    • yeyeperry

      January 8, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      So do you have proof that could help the recover ALL Abacha stolen funds? Do you have proof of how thoses monies were laundered and where they are kept? I’m sure EFCC would appreciate your help.

    • Ellena

      January 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm

      Proof ko? Proof ni? If EFCC wants proof, they know where and how to get get it. But no, Abacha’s loot is not linked to GEJ in any way, so there is no proof. Yinmu!

  9. Ekwu

    January 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Why all this trial by media? Why are we seeing pictures of EFCC chairman during a visit to a city to investigate a case?

    We have never seen FBI director in a paparazzi show while he is tying to investigate alleged financial infractions.

    The whole thing now seems to me like a political show aimed at distracting. I now strongly believe nothing will come of this.

    • #MadeInNaija

      January 8, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      I agree with you. I really do not understand all these razzmatazz by EFCC Head as if the commission is on a trail for an El Chapo…If you(EFCC) have your evidence, go straight to court and get a conviction. There are 1001 culprits and time is ain’t on your side as 2019 is at hand. I do not think the next administration will be interested in fighting corrupt individuals but rather in getting Nigeria out of recession, growing the economy and strengthening our public institutions to discourage corrupt acts at every level. God bless Nigeria

  10. omoh

    January 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    BN, you need to bring the ‘pretty mike’ story to the house so we can discuss it here, biko

    • #MyPeople

      January 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Both the “”Leasher'” and the “”:Leashees”” need psychiatric evaluation..

  11. dhoney

    January 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    ….how much does a man/woman really need to live a fulfilled life ?. smh

  12. Justsaying

    January 9, 2017 at 3:10 am

    I really don’t understand why this woman is being picked on when she’s obviously not the only one stealing the masses fund. Justice should go around and not focused on one person. She must have stepped on someone’s toes who vowed to use all means to strip her. Mind you, I’m not in favor of the way our leaders loot funds, it’s just that it appears weird when only one/few leaders are being picked on. More so, this woman’s health is frail, she might not survive with all this stress doled on her. Justice sucks in Nigeria, and that’s why likes of Ibori are being celebrated. #justsaying

    • Mama

      January 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

      maybe you should be more concerned about the poor masses whose health failed and continues to fail due to such loot. Just see how Nigerians sympathize and make excuses for their oppressors who have no sympathy for them.

  13. Usa

    January 9, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Good god. She’s a f**king criminal. Here we say you do the crime you pay the time. Drama all she is. Just like he money laundering scammining brother Kelvin and there like him. George Adewale

  14. Usa

    January 9, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Justsayiing…………

  15. Yoyo

    January 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

    All the people crying foul and witch hunting seem to forget the nigerian proverb that “at all at all na im bad pass!”.Its not a witch hunt when one is guilty, its only selective justice. The next person that gets into Aso rock can go after Obasanjo or whomever he likes! As long as somebody pays for the killing of everyday nigerians by currupt politicians I say good riddence. No roads,no good schools,no hospitals or emergency health services,no fire station, no electricity and water etc if non of these work of course no jobs!The list is endless. If only one person pays I am happy.

  16. Madman

    January 9, 2017 at 10:59 am

    But this lady was an Executive Director at Shell before taking up her role in Nigeria. She wasn’t exactly poor na.

  17. Tosin

    January 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    our elders say what? one tree does not make a forest, nor does one ‘house’ make an estate.

  18. i sabi, EFCC is the most unintthe elligent politicies agency in this country

    January 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    the EFCC is the most unintelligent , corrupt and politicied agency in this country, honestly , it should be scrapped already, how can your share details of a supposed unconcluded cases in the media if not stupidity, these people waste a lot of money chasing after shadows without conclusion. what do i expect? its an extension of the Nigerian police, you need to know how much judgement debt this agency accrue to the federal Govt as a result their careless handling of investigation,s, how much of their so called recovered loots actually gets to Government. honestly , its need to be scarped and properly redone . Media trail everywhere , not one concluded since inception..

  19. Luvnaija

    January 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I am not justifying Dizieani, when you look at the injustice meted to the ND region both by their people and the govts both past/present it is mind boggling! The biggest thieves are even from the northern extraction who own all most 90percent of the oil blocs! What can be worse than that? Hypocrisy of the highest order.

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