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Diezani’s associate, Atlantic Energy’s, Jide Omokore grilled by EFCC
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Diezani’s associate, Atlantic Energy’s, Jide Omokore grilled by EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday held Jide Omokore, owner of Atlantic Energy, who is said to be a business associate of former Nigeria’s petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke for hours of questioning.

Omokore is allegedly being investigated by the EFCC on allegations of money laundering and conspiracy to siphon billions of naira in fraudulent oil industry contracts while DiezaniAlison-Madueke was minister.
EFCC sources said Omokore allegedly used his companies to facilitate bogus oil swap deals that cost the country billions of naira.
The sources also said Omokore had in the past been invited to the EFCC head office and questioned as part of ongoing-investigations of corruption in the Oil sector. But each time has been allowed to go.
We gathered that Omokore was still being questioned as at yesterday. EFCC sources also noted that the commission conducted simultaneous searches on Omokore’s properties in Ikoyi, Lagos and the house of the former minister in Asokoro, Abuja, as she was being questioned in England.
Sources also confirmed that officials from the United Kingdom National Crime Agency are presently in Nigeria actively collaborating with EFCC operatives on the ongoing probe of the Oil sector.
Omokore’s arrest is said to be a follow up to the recent arrest of Diezani by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency on Friday over corruption allegations.
The agency arrested Mrs Madueke along with four others who were questioned and freed on bail. Yesterday, the agency applied to a Westminster Court to freeze £27,000 found on the former Minister..

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