The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is ready to testify against a Diezani Alison-Madueke former Minister of Petroleum Resources, and oil barons, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, in the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to the anti-graft agency, further evidence had been sent to the US Justice Department, and UK’s National Crime Agency with a view to repatriating part of the $1.6 billion allegedly stolen by the accused.
Omokore, Aluko and four others are standing trial before a Federal High Court on nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6 billion. The funds is alleged to be proceeds from sale of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.
An EFCC source said: “We have sent evidence to the UK and the US on this case. The investigation involves many countries because these guys bought properties on different continents.
“We also update them as the case in court continues to unfold. We will be willing to testify if need be. This was how we assisted the UK in the James Ibori case. We will continue to work together.”
While Omokore is currently in Nigeria, Aluko has continued to elude both local and foreign authorities for over a year and was last seen in Porza-Lugano, Switzerland, in 2016.
Omokore and Aluko were accused of creating two shell companies in the British Virgin Islands — Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria and Atlantic Energy Brass Development — to handle their oil contracts.
- Bola Kougbe