- More persons have been implicated in the ongoing corruption allegation against Diezani Alison-Madueke
- The former minister is accused of gifting Nigeria's oil assets to her top men
- One Mr Benedict Peters is being accused of benefitting from corruption proceeds
Mr Benedict Peters who is the Chief Executive Officer of Aiteo has been named as one of the top persons that benefitted in the ongoing corruption allegation against Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The former minister of petroleum resources has been accused of mismanaging oil fund. Premium Times reports that investigation revealed that Peters has been revealed as one of those involved in her case.
According to report, one of the three properties allegedly owned by the former minister, frozen in London under the UK Proceeds of Crime Act belonged to Peters.
According to the report, the order which was issued in September 2016 and obtained by Africa Confidential, “forbids defendants Benedict Peters, Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Atlantic Energy’s Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore, Christopher Aire (a jeweller for Mrs. Alison-Madueke) and Donald Amamgbo (her cousin) from disposing of or dealing with the properties.”
It will be recalled that Madueke, Aluko and Omokore were named in the Us Department of Justice asset forfeiture which claimed that the same London properties totaling more than £10m were bought for the minster.
This was to secure Strategic Alliance Agreements which saw Nigeria’s oil assets gifted to her top men.
Mr Peters’ company has been linked to the infamous 2015 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) bribery scandal with the former minister’s son accused of distributing $115million to INEC officials.
The company, Aiteo, allegedly benefitted from the oil swaps, and bought Shell’s prize asset, OML 29, all during the administration of Alison-Madueke.
According to US documents, Mr Peters bought a £2.8m luxury flat in Harley House, London, in March 2011, with the help of London-based estate agent Daniel Ford and purchased luxury furnishings for the flat from Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s favourite Houston store.
Mr Kola Aluko reportedly introduced the construction workers renovating the Harley House to the former minister in 2011 and also sent the plans of the House to her.
Meanwhile, Alison-Madueke finally broke her silence on several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
NAIJ.com gathered that the former minister made the claim in a statement she issued on Monday August 14.
She said the anti-graft agency was taking advantage of her silence to try and convict her in the media hence her response.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of Nigerians talking about politicians they feel are not corrupt: