The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said it had so far, through painstaking investigations by its operatives, traced N47.2bn and $487.5m in cash and properties to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
These, the anti-graft agency said, were apart from “boxes of gold, silver and diamond jewellery, worth several million British pounds sterling,” discovered during a search of Diezani’s palatial residences in Abuja.
The EFCC said it discovered several of Diezani’s landed properties scattered all over Lagos and other parts of the country in the course of its investigations, adding that it was doubtful if the former minister declared her true assets as required of public officials.
This was contained in an article entitled, “Diezani Alison-Madueke: What an appetite,” jointly authored by two officers in the EFCC’s Public Affairs Directorate, Tony Orilade and Aishah Gambari.
The anti-graft agency recalled that just on Monday Diezani’s $37.5m mansion on Banana Island, Lagos, was forfeited to the Federal Government.
It said Diezani displayed uncommon temerity in illegal acquisition, when she bought a block of six units serviced apartments at Number 135 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, “just a few hundred metres away from the EFCC zonal operations hub. The apartment has a standby power generating set, sporting facilities, play ground and a water treatment plant. The property was bought at the rate of N800m on January 6, 2012.”
The anti-graft agency stated that it discovered other Diezani’s properties such as a 21-mixed housing units of eight four-bedroomed apartments, two penthouse apartments of three bedrooms at No. 7, Thurnburn Street and 5, Raymond Street, Yaba, Lagos.
It said, “The Raymond Street property is made up of two en-suite two-bedroomed apartments and one four-bedroomed apartment.
“The Yaba, Lagos properties, which dug a deep hole of an eye-popping N1bn were paid for on May 30, 2012. The same day Alison-Madueke splashed N900m on a Port Harcourt estate.