Politics How Deziani's Billionaire Friends, Aluko and Omokore, Allegedly Spent $1.7bn of Nigeria's Money



Several court papers in Lagos state have revealed that oil businessmen, Kolawole Akanni Aluko and Jide Omokore (friends of ex-Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke), laundered the $1.7 billion creamed off the oil swap transactions between them and the NNPC during the later's tenure.

According to an affidavit sworn to at the Federal High Court by Isaac Kehinde Oginni, a lawyer in the Federal Ministry of Justice, both Aluko and Omokore lifted and sold allotted Nigeria’s crude oil. While they were paid for their service, they diverted to private use what was due to the Federal Government in the sum of $1,762,338,184.40.

“They bought vehicles with a combined value of over N800 million and donated them to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its then National chairman Prince Secondus. They also bought vehicles valued at over N130 million and gave them as gifts to former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Dieziani Alison-Madueke and some other management staff of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

“Kolawole Aluko paid $18,548,619.99 and N1,070,000,000 to FBN Mortgages Limited as part payment for block A consisting of 26 Flats at 46 Gerrard Road Ikoyi Lagos. The block was bought for a total cost of N5,210,520,315. Payment of a total sum of $25,839,606.77and N95,000,000 was made to Real Bank for the purpose of part financing the acquisition and renovation of properties by the Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited (AEDC) and Atlantic Energy Brass Development limited (AEBD). The Properties are Mason apartments at 6 Gerrard Road Ikoyi Lagos comprising 60 units of 3 bedrooms apartment valued at $78,000,000, Marion apartments Block 8 located at 4&5,Onikoyi Estate, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos consisting of 43 units of apartments valued at $76,160,000, apartments at 33A Cooper Road Ikoyi, Lagos renovated at a total cost of $4,937,750, Admiralty Towers at 8 Gerrard Road Ikoyi, Lagos, which was also renovated.

“The two businessmen also transferred $69,912,981.15 to Mia Hotels Limited, First Motors Limited, V.I. Petrochemicals, Evergreen Reality & Management, WIz Trade Limited, DE First Union Integrated Services and Amity Plus limited,” Ogini indicated.

Mr Ogini also averred that Kolawole Aluko literally took residence outside the shores of Nigeria, to embark on a spending spree and assets acquisition in Britain, Canada, United States and Switzerland.

Hearing of the case has been slated for 29th of September, 2017.



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