Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated for a series of multi-billion dollar oil fraud and money laundering offences in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and America has threatened her associates, Kola Aluko and Jide Omokore.
According to a recorded conversation, she stated that after opening up on everything that transpired in the controversial fraudulent transactions, she would be ready to be thrown in jail along with her co-conspirators.
Diezani’s comment is contained in a recorded conversation recovered by investigators probing the corruption allegations against the former Minister which has 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.
It will be recalled that Diezani, Aluko and Omokore were listed as persons of interest in the civil complaint filed at the US District Court, Houston, Texas accusing the three individuals of laundering millions of dollars on behalf of the former Minister.The money 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 allegedly owned by Omokore.
In the recorded conversation, Diezani, in response to speculations that Aluko was going to blackmail her, threatened to spill the beans and was ready to reveal to Nigerians all that happened and follow Messrs 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,” she 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.”