Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke,is in fresh trouble as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) is set to testify against her and oil barons, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore in the United States and the United Kingdom. The PUNCH reports that further evidence had been sent to the US Justice Department, as well as the UK’s National Crime Agency with a view to repatriating part of the $1.6bn allegedly stolen by Alison-Madueke, Aluko and Omokore.
Recall Omokore, Aluko and four others are standing trial before a Federal High Court on nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn alleged to be proceeds of the sale of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government. A source at EFCC told PUNCH that, ““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.”