I Am Ready To Go To Jail, But Not Alone - Diezani Alison Madueke
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Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been caught in yet another corruption scandal and this time she reportedly said she is ready to spill the beans.
Madueke is being investigated for a series of fraud and money laundering in Nigeria, UK and United States and has threatened to reveal the part of alleged co-conspirators, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.
In a recorded conversation recovered by investigators probing the corrupt allegations against Madueke, she claimed to be ready to say her part in the alleged fraud. According to a report by Premium Times, Alison-Madueke, Aluko and Omokore were listed as persons of interest in the civil complaint filed at the US District Court, Houston, Texas.
The complaint revealed how the three individuals laundered millions of dollars on behalf of Alison-Madueke, which was used in buying properties in the US and the UK for her family in return for oil contracts to Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Ltd (AEDC) and Atlantic Energy brass Development Ltd (AEBD), two shell companies owned by Omokore. Madueke, in the recorded conversation ,could be heard saying: “You and Jide [i.e. OMOKORE] had some of the most support that we could possibly give.
At a time when we’re not doing anything else, we stuck our necks out regarding the SAA and we supported it. [INAUDIBLE] How the two of you have ruined it is incredulous and incredible to all of us. “I spoke to you several times about your general behaviour, acquisition of assets, etc., asking you to be a bit more careful because [INAUDIBLE] will start following you. I remember we had this open discussion more than once.
You kept telling me that there was no issue because you did it in a certain way, you did it in a certain—and I kept telling you that it doesn’t matter how you do it. “Once you start acquiring, acquiring, acquiring at a certain level, then you’ll be—whether you like it or not, whether it was done in the most transparent—you understand?— manner or not, because they will want to trace where it came from. This is an age of terrorism,
“If you want to hire a yacht, you lease it for two weeks or whatever. You don’t go and sink funds into it at this time when Nigerian oil and gas sector is under all kinds of watch, as we have been for some time, and where Atlantic [i.e., AEDC and/or AEBD] itself has been the subject of all kinds of speculation.”
In another conversation, Madueke, while responding to speculations that Aluko might want to blackmail her, called Aluko's bluff and threatened to spill the beans.
She said she was ready to reveal to Nigerians all that happened and was ready to follow Aluko and Omokore to jail. Madueke, during the conversation said: "I said tell him (I.e. Aluko) to bring everything out, and then you know what will happen? No problem, I will be happy to escort all of you to jail along with myself.
I said, in fact, you will be shocked by what I'll do. "Because when it comes to that, I will come out and tell the Nigerian people this is what happened oh. Oh, Yes, I will blame myself, but it (INAUDIBLE)...place and everything. Anything they want to say, I am happy to go.
"But I will come out openly and say it so that they can judge me openly, And then all of us go and sit on the gate. Let us see who survived (INAUDIBLE), me or you."
Details of the conversation has now been filed as part of a civil complaint by the US department of Justice seeking the forfeiture of over $144 million slush fund.