The ongoing travails of Nigeria's former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, seem to be unraveling so many other new facts every other day.
A report by Sahara Reporters today October 7, claims that an alleged money launderer for the former minister, Kola Aluko has gone into hiding following the arrest of Madueke on October 2.
The former minister and first female president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), was arrested by the UK National Crime Agency, and was later released on bail same day.
Her Asokoro, Abuja home was later invaded by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to seal her property, in furtherance to investigations against her.
Today's report had photos and details of a multi-million dollar home in Switzerland allegedly owned by Aluko, the palatial home is nestled in the beautiful canton of Ticino, in southern Switzerland.
Aluko reportedly fronts for Alison's alleged shady billion dollar schemes in the oil sector. Said to be a flamboyant man, Aluko was said to have gone on a spending spree purchasing villas, expensive cars, and a yacht, dating former supermodel Naomi Campbell, and partying with movie and entertainment stars in the UK, Europe and the US.
The report further stated that Aluko's business interests include Atlantic Energy, a firm that received generous oil export contracts from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The former minister was also said to have recommended the award of at least five oil blocks to Atlantic Energy, six months before it was legally established as a company.
Another firm traced to Aluko is Tenka AG, a company based in Zug, Switzerland that was formed in late 2012. Tenka AG is described as a food and hospitality company and owns a capital of 500,000 Swiss francs.
Read the full report on Sahara Reporters
Meanwhile, Nigerians have expressed their excitement over the arrest of the embattled former petroleum minister, stating that it has been long overdue.
President Muhammadu Buhari's government has also not made any comment so far about Dieziani's travails. In particular, Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, was quoted as saying: “No comment for now. You can confirm from the security agencies.”