• Magu submits inventory, video of assets to Britain
• Detectives due in London to quiz ex-Minister
The United Kingdom (UK) is now in possession of a pile of evidence against former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke courtesy of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Mrs. Alison-Madueke is earmarked for trial for corruption.
The inventory, The Nation gathered authoritatively yesterday, contains at least 15 choice assets in Nigeria and abroad.
These include a block of 6 unit service apartments on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi Lagos, six units of terrace flats in Yaba, Lagos, twin four-bedroom duplexes in Lekki Phase I, Lagos, two duplexes in Banana Island, Lagos, a duplex in Asokoro District, Abuja, a mini-estate in Mabushi, Abuja, a set of 12 terrace duplexes at Omaremi Street, Port Harcourt, a large expanse of land at Oniru, Victoria Island in Lagos, a multi-billion Naira estate in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, two apartments in Dubai marked as J5 Emirates Hills (30million Dirham); E146 Emirates Hills valued at 44million Dirham, a hotel in Port Harcourt under investigation.
Attached to the inventory were video clips of the properties, sources said.
A team of EFCC detectives was on standby yesterday to proceed to London to interrogate the ex-minister.
Sources familiar with her investigation by the EFCC told The Nation that all the evidence gathered by the anti-graft agency on Diezani had been handed over to UK investigators.
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, accompanied by some detectives took the evidence to the National Crime Agency in the UK.
“The evidence includes an inventory of more than 15 choice properties at home and abroad, her account status, documents and vital video clips,” the source said.
“The evidence was taken to London in preparation for her trial. In fact, one or two persons indicted in the fuel subsidy scandal are already in detention in the UK ahead of her trial.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “We are also sending some EFCC detectives to the UK to interrogate Diezani on some issues.“We need to obtain her statement too on certain allegations against her in Nigeria.
“We learnt that she has substantially ‘recovered’ and we want our team to interview her in London.
“When the trial begins, Nigerians will have a full insight into our findings against the ex-minister.”
Continuing, the EFCC source said: “We have placed some of these properties under temporary asset forfeiture.
“We are still investigating some properties allegedly bought by the ex-minister through some proxies.
“But we have submitted a documentary on all these assets to investigators in the UK.
“We also discovered a box which was full of jewellery and expensive wrist watches in one of the properties with price tags.“Some detectives who visited Nigeria from the UK inspected this box which we may transfer to the UK.
“On the $115million poll bribery scandal, we have video clips of how electoral officials and politicians were hauling cash from banking halls.“EFCC does not engage in personal vendetta. Nigerians will know the truth at the end of the trial either in Nigeria or in the UK.”