‘Diezani: EFCC sends more proof to UK’

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has sent two detectives to the United Kingdom with more evidence in the investigation of former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, The Nation reports.

The former minister is being investigated in connection to $1.7billion contracts involving her and two business associates.

She is being investigated alongside some former officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), which is the upstream arm of the NNPC in charge of oil exploration and production.

A source in EFCC said: “You know the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the United States released the details of the underhand deals surrounding the oil contracts bordering on the implication of the ex-Minister and two associates -Chief Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko.

“What the DOJ released was just a fraction of corruption-related allegations against Mrs. Alison-Madueke. More revelations will soon be out from the EFCC and after the outcome of the investigation by the National Crime Agency( NCA) in the UK.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The EFCC has gone far in probing the whereabouts of about $15.8billion NLNG dividends between 2000 and 2014.

“In an audit report sent to EFCC by the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative( NEITI), it was indicated that ‘it is doubtful if the entire $15.8 billion due from 2000 to 2014 is still intact’.

“The funds were neither paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation nor the Federation Account.

“Also, about $7.85 billion out of the dividends was allegedly withdrawn in 2011 under the guise of funding Brass LNG Project.”

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