It has been revealed that the team made up of four women and three men, are currently in Nigeria to interrogate several associates and accomplices of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
This visit is to enable the cops gather enough information in order to build a solid case before Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s trial early next year.
A report by Sahara reporters disclosed that one of the major players being interrogated by the UK detectives is Donald Chidi Amamgbo, a California-based lawyer.
Amamgbo played a key role in moving funds wired by several Nigerian oil dealers with whom Mrs. Alison-Madueke had fraudulent deals running into billions of dollars, a source had revealed.
Meanwhile, it was learnt from an anonymous source that the detectives had already interrogated a controversial oil sector businessman, Jide Omokore, adding that the beleaguered businessman had provided critically useful information on some of the deals.
Mr. Omokore is currently on bail after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested and charged him for fraud.
Moreso, the detectives are expected to interrogate several oil dealers who were close to Mrs. Alison-Madueke and who played one role or another in a web of international financial crimes during the former minister’s time.
A source stated that some of the players being sought by British investigators for interviews are outside of Nigeria.
Among such persons are Benny Peters, who is currently in Paris, France and Igho Sanomi, who is believed to be currently in Miami, Florida.
A source revealed that UK investigators were looking into close to 20 cases against Mrs. Alison-Madueke.
However, the case that has the most traction has to do with how the former minister allegedly used straw companies set up by Mr. Amamgbo to launder billions of dollars.
Some of the laundered funds were used to purchase 17 properties in the UK and elsewhere.
According to a source, the oil dealers under investigation reportedly offered large payoffs to Mrs. Alison-Madueke for oil swap deals.
The payoffs were often wired directly to Mr. Amamgbo, who then acted as a front for the former minister. An unnamed UK lawyer of Indian descent is also being investigated for his alleged involvement in the case.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke is currently in the UK undergoing treatment for cancer.
The NCA had earlier confiscated some funds from the former minister, her mother, and the wife of a Ghanaian businessman, Kevin Okyere, who is also named in a series of shady deals involving the former minister.
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