Nigerian who allegedly assisted Alison-Madueke in buying London properties identified [Naij.com]
– The probe into alleged corruption by former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has opened a new vista
– Investigators have reportedly identified the Nigerian, who allegedly assisted Alison-Madueke in purchasing some London propertied
– Adeyemi Edun reportedly refused to give details of his alleged role in the scandal involving the former minister
The estate agent who allegedly assisted former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to purchase properties in London has allegedly been discovered.
The London-based agent, who reportedly appeared on the BBC’s Homes
Premium Times reports that “court documents filed in the US allege King’s Cross estate agency, Daniel Ford, helped to buy millions of pounds worth of properties for Diezani Alison-Madueke in London.
“Daniel Ford’s sole director is Adeyemi Edun, UK company records show. He has been seen on the TV series offering advice on buying and renovating flats.
“Documents show that Mr Edun has acted for the controversial Mrs. Alison-Madueke who was Nigeria’s oil minister from 2010 to 2015, the first female president of the OPEC oil cartel and a former executive for Shell in Nigeria.
“The Cambridge-educated politician has faced investigations in the UK, US and Nigeria for allegedly receiving lucrative kickbacks for oil deals she sanctioned as a minister,” the report said.
The report quotes US court papers as saying Daniel Ford ‘assisted in the purchase’ of three London properties linked to the probe of the former minister, who served under Goodluck Jonathan.
It however added that there is no suggestion in the documents that Daniel Ford or Mr Edun committed money laundering or that they were aware of such activities.
The documents reportedly linked three Nigerian businessmen to the purchase of three homes near Regent’s Park over a six-day period for £8.3million with the US investigators alleging the properties were ‘provided’ to Alison-Madueke “for the corrupt purpose of inducing her to use her influence within the Ministry of Petroleum Resources… to direct the award of business opportunities.”
The businessmen’s companies all received oil deals, the papers say. They are also alleged to have funded a lavish lifestyle for Alison-Madueke.
The report claims that the US investigators allege the properties were bought using offshore companies in the Seychelles and the British V*rgin Islands.
According to the report, Edun was contacted on the phone, but said he said he could not discuss such matter relating to Alison-Madueke because of ongoing investigations.
“Everything is done within the ambit of regulation, that I can say,” he reportedly said.
Asked about the Nigerian court papers, he reportedly said: “You have to be very sure the name you are referring to is actually mine, because it is common in a country of 180 million people.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on recently in Austria said it recovered loots totalling N738.9 billion ($2.9 billion) between May 2015 and October 20, 2017.
Its acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, stated this at the ongoing 7th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption holding in Vienna.