The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized cars, jewellery and large sums of money from five associates of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, reports say. The names of these associates have yet to be named. The EFCC believe they are involved the looting and laundering of money with the former Petroleum Minister.
The suspects, who are connected to the investigation of Alison-Madueke for money laundering, have also had their movement restricted, according to The Nation. Their passports has been seized so they will not be able to run away. This is part of the work of the EFCC to deal with corruption in Nigeria.
“It is too early to declare whether they are guilty or not. But in line with international best practices, the EFCC has invoked the assets forfeiture clause in its Act to seize some choice bullet-proof vehicles, huge cash and jewellery from these suspects,” a source said.
“The movement of the affected suspects has also been restricted to Nigeria pending the conclusion of investigation. The case at hand involves a high-net worth syndicate with tentacles across the strata of the society. But we are already cracking the investigation,” the source added.
Alison-Madueke has been at the centre of controversy since she was detained by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in London on October 2 on allegations of money laundering. She has been in the media ever since her arrest in London and all media houses have been following the story closely.
The former minister has been accused of looting billions of dollars from Nigeria’s treasury. Immediately she was arrested in London the EFCC stormed her house in Abuja. If she is found guilty she will end up getting jail term like James Ibori. It is sad that some people think they are above the laws in Nigeria. Are they above the law abroad? If you don’t get caught in Nigeria you might end up getting caught abroad like Diepreye Alamieyeseigha and James Ibori. Now Alamieyesigha is death, did he carry the money to his grave? What a Pity. All those lotting public funds God is watching.