Tuesday, October 6

It was a N3.7bn UK house that put Diezani in trouble (Read how)

Ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke

New findings have shown how the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke got into trouble with the police in the United Kingdom.
According to punch newspaper, the purchase of the house each in London by the former minister had sent the police investigators after her since 2013. She reportely bought the London house through a mortgage and attracted suspicion when she offered to pay huge sum to clear the mortgage on the properties.

A source said the ex-minister’s house cost £12.5m.

Interestingy it wasn't just her, a former Managing Director of a parastatal under the NNPCwas also involved.

It was learnt that the UK’s National Crimes Agency had dispatched a team to Abuja for an investigation into the incomes of the affected public officers because of the huge amount of money that was being paid steadily to defray the amount on the mortgage.

The source said, “This particular investigation did not originate from Nigeria. I can tell you that this is different from the investigation being conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission into the financial operations of the NNPC under Alison-Madueke.

“This is a strictly UK investigation and it has to do with the procurement of a property in the UK for £12.5m through a mortgage arrangement in London.

“The UK authorities became suspicious when they realised that the agreed monthly amount for the mortgage was too high for the income of a public official without other sources of income.

“You know the (UK) people; they kept quiet when the whole arrangement was going on in 2013. They allowed the funds to go into their economy before they moved in against them with the intent to seize the properties.

“She was not the only person that bought the properties. The other guy, a close ally from the NNPC also bought a house in London. These are the issues the UK police are investigating.”

The investigation, which commenced in 2013 climaxed Friday last week with the arrest of Alison-Madueke and four others by the UK police for alleged fraud.

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