The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it is lobbying to extradite Diezani Alison Madueke back to Nigeria to face criminal charges related to her monumental corruption at the helm of affairs in the national oil sector.
EFCC investigation has linked another $1.5 billion to Diezani Alison Madueke and her private sector enablers.
An EFCC source told The Nation newspaper, “So far investigation revealed that the $1.5 billion was laundered into an account in Switzerland after passing through the United States. We have the details of how the cash was wired into the account by some oil firms.
“Our investigation confirmed that the account was used to disburse the slush funds to make exotic purchases and acquire properties in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
“The US Department of Justice through its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative is already seeking to recover $144m in assets from some Diezani associates.”
Diezani’s business associates believed to be linked to these deals are Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko. The lavish lifestyles of these two cronies of Madueke put her illicit dealings at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the map.
Omokore is said to be the record holder for sponsor of a Dubai wedding, while Aluko bought some of the world’s most expensive yachts, race cars, watches and super models. His pals were P Diddy, Jay Z and Leornado Dicaprio.
Assets seized or soon to be seized by the courts from this trinity of corruption under the Jonathan administration is said to be approximately $500 million.