The former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke has threatened to expose secrets connecting her with her associates, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.
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Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated for corruption in Nigeria, United Kingdom and United States of America, also expressed readiness to face the wrath of the court which may result to her imprisonment.
This revelation is contained in series of recorded conversations recovered by investigators probing the corruption allegations against the former minister. Details of the conversations have now been filed as part of a civil complaint by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) seeking the forfeiture of over $144 million slush fund.
Mrs Alison-Madueke alongside her accomplices, Mr. Aluko and Mr. 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 Mrs Alison-Madueke, which was used in buying property 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 Mr Omokore. In the conversation with Mr Aluko recorded by herself on May 14, 2014, a clearly angry Mrs Alison-Madueke admitted to helping her associates secure the multi-billion dollars Strategic Alliance Agreements, SAAs, deals.
In another conversation with another unknown recipient, the former minister dared Aluko to reveal details of their dealings, and then face the consequences. This she did in response to speculations that Mr Aluko was going to blackmail her, 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.
“I will tell him (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’ll be shocked by what I will do. Because when it comes to that, I will come out and tell the Nigerian people this is what happened.
“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 survives, me or you”, she said.
Alison-Madueke was the Former of Petroleum under the Former President Goodluck Jonathan.