*How President Jonathan tried to cover up
*In June, she lost N2billion to a domestic staff
*Another attempt after 21 days
*Another $10million theft led to the $700m discovery
By Olajide Fashikun, Oga Tom Uhia
Goodluck Jonathan… another headache for a troubled President
When one realises what is happening around Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, one will be tempted to imagine the type of possible stealing and corruption going on within the Federal Government of Nigeria which certainly is mind boggling.
Information available on www.gongnews.net claims that $700 million was allegedly found in the house of Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke.
The huge sum in foreign currency was discovered recently by some security agents while conducting a search of the house of one her aides who resides within the minister’s house, but who allegedly stole $10 million from the Minister.
Police…stopped from following up on the suspects
Madueke, according to source admitted to the ownership of the huge sum of $700 million. “She must have kept that very particular money in her aide’s apartment, because the unnamed aide is said to be one of the trusted one among others”, our source stated.
It was further gathered that when this discovery was reported to President Goodluck Jonathan, the president felt so sad and disappointed, he immediately invited Diezani Alison Madueke to his office for questioning and rebuked her severely.
President Jonathan asked the Minister “for God’s sake what are you doing with $700 million in your home?”
Mrs. Madueke retorted “I am keeping the money for you”. How far this was true could not be double-checked.
We gathered that President Jonathan just smiled and promptly asked her to go in peace.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has been criticised by many Nigerians as being the most corrupt considering the president’s feeble stance on corruption.
The N2billion theft: The last might not have been heard about the proflicacy and indulgence of Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, the embattled Honourable Minister of Petroleum who has hardly been able to wriggle herself out of the myriad of allegations of corruption against her person, especially the rot Nigerian in the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) over the $20billion scandal in her ministry.
No day, week or month passes without very negative reports about this first Nigerian female Minister of Petroleum who is the second wife of Rear Admiral Alison Madueke, the former governor of the old Anambra and Imo States.
Reports reaching us revealed that Mrs. Alison Madueke is enmeshed in so many fresh official and domestic scandals and have developed thick skin over them to the point that it seems she is now immuned to embarrassment and does not bother herself anymore.
Flighty N2billion disappear in her house: In one of the fresh reports made available to PowerSteering recently, Honourable Diezani was alleged to have lost a whooping sum of N2billion in various foreign currencies to her domestic staff on the 3rd of June, 2014 without batting an eyelid.
It was revealed to PowerSteering Magazine that in a build-up to the campaign for Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) elections in June 2014, Diezani was alleged to have collected the said amount in different foreign currencies with the aim of using same to cushion and cruise her way through settling and lobbying appropriate stakeholders to victory as the Secretary General of OPEC.
She took the said amount of money to her home in two Ghana-Must-Go bags when her steward, one Mac-Millian Ofojareri broke into her bedroom while she was out, removed the two bags and vanished with the said N2billion worth of foreign currencies into the thin air. Mac-Millian was said to have quickly escaped from Abuja to meet his family in Ajaokuta in Kogi State before proceeding to Dubai, United Arab Emirate within days without being stopped.
Diezani although realised the gravity of the offence but considering the effect this incident would have on her personality, the image of the country and the integrity of Mr. President with whose knowledge she allegedly got the money, she quickly asked the former IG of Police Mr. Mohammed Abubakar and a few others involved to discontinue the case after it was unofficially reported at the Force Headquarters and preliminary investigations concluded on the matter.
A very reliable source disclosed that such stories of missing money were very frequent and common in the minister’s residence as she cannot even account for the actual amount of money brought into her residence by those needing her help and those owing her favours on daily, weekly and monthly basis. Our source who has been working for the Minister for over five years now, recalled that the minister has been loosing monies to domestic staffers but only decided to lay complaint officially to the police this time because of the huge amount involved.
A check at the immigration border check points during the investigation confirmed that Mr. Mac-Mallian Ofojareri actually headed for Dubai with the N2billion to cool-off with his family. How he was able to do that with such huge amount of money without being caught is still a mystery and a great lapse on the side of the security agents.
Mac-Millian, an average aged man whom every member of Diezani’s family alleged was a very religious and pious person was the least expected person to have done such a thing to madam minister. He was trusted and even given the privilege to enter every corner of Mrs. Alison Madueke’s residence without restriction.
This, it was alleged contributed largely to Diezani’s losing the bid to becoming Secretary General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in addition to allegations of corruption levelled against her. Her inability to provide the welfare (money) needed to settle the kingmakers and stakeholders was one of the reasons she lost the bid.
Information available to PowerSteering Magazine, revealed that her hope of becoming the Organisation’s first female Secretary General was dashed when OPEC members opted to extend the tenure of the incumbent Secretary General, Abdullah Al-Badri till 30th June, 2015, instead of appointing Madueke who after promising to settle could not keep her promise because Mac-Mallian had stolen the N2billion meant for that purpose.
Our investigation further revealed that the embattled Petroleum Minister who was reportedly nominated and heavily backed-up and sponsored financially by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan was aptly turned down by the body in June 2014, when she failed to make the grade, especially the financial obligations to the stakeholders who would have paved the way for her emergence as the Secretary General of OPEC.
The initial proposal to have Alison Madueke occupy the position was to solve the deadlock over the post created by opposing candidates from Saudi Arabia and Iran. While this rejection may not mean much to many Nigerians, it will definitely go a long way in affecting Madueke’s career in future, especially within the international community.
Minister organised the stealing of the money: An insider who spoke under anonymity also opined that the disappearance of such huge sum of money from the minister’s residence couldn’t have been possible without her knowledge, considering the security provided at her residence and insisted that it must have been a planned in-house job between the minister and “Pastor” Mac-Millan. He went further to explain that the Minister must have made that last minute plan sensing that she was not going to win the OPEC election after all, because of the myriad of allegations of corruption against her even at the home front, in spite of the large financial and moral support given to her by President Jonathan. And instead of wasting such amount of money on what she knew was not going to be possible, she may have decided to divert it to settle and pay-off Mac-Millain whom we later learnt was at the verge of blackmailing her for some immoral behaviours.
Another attempt to steal money failed: While the dust raised by this incidence was yet to settle, another erupted on the 24th June, 2014, exactly three weeks after the first one, when an attempt was made to break in and steal another large sum of money from the minister’s residence at Fredrick Chilubah close, off Jose Marti crescent, beside Ogun State governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
This time too was another of her steward and alleged love bird by the name Sunday Azubuike who felt cheated when Mac-Millian made away with such amount of money when he was the one doing the main job of ‘banging’. Young, handsome and agile Sunday whom many within and around the minister’s residence publicly suspected to be madam’s favourite lover boy was said to have broken into her bedroom, stole another large sum of money which was alleged to have been the replacement for the one Ofojareri stole three weeks earlier, before he ran out of luck and was caught red-handed, arrested and detained in the Police cell for a very long time.
The report was said to have been brought to the Police high command this time by one Superintendant of Police (SP) Okundaye Ewere who is the minister’s Chief Security Officer (CSO). Meanwhile, it was revealed that the young Sunday Azubuike during the preliminary investigation made some very useful but damaging and indicting statements against the Honourable Minister and so was invariably charged to court for house-breaking and theft.
It was further revealed to us that the young man who had benefitted immensely from the “madam’s lover” relationship did not show any remorse, insisting he had done the right thing. The minister was alleged to have rented and furnished a two-bedroom house as a love nest and bought a car for him for prompt and easy movement when duty calls before now.
The Honourable Minister, whom some insiders described as “very lewd and flamboyant lady” we learnt is always seen walking about her premises and even attending to visitors in “Boom-shots” and short but sexy tops unmindful of the presence of security operatives and other young domestic staff in her residence.
While the case is now on-going in court, attempts are also being made by the minister to promptly withdraw the matter on the advice of the prosecution since the attempt was unsuccessful and as Mr. Azubuike backed by his lawyer has threatened to spill the beans. It will, therefore, be in the interest of the minister to withdraw this matter from the court as Nigerians will shout it to the roof top and demand for her removal once it is made public.
Powerful but scandalous minister: According to report made available to this Magazine, Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke is undoubtedly one of the most powerful but scandalous minister in the country today. Apart from holding a very sensitive position in the executive council, she hails from Bayelsa state and also has the ears of President Goodluck Jonathan. The beautiful young woman, we also learnt has several ‘underground and undisclosed’ relationships with so many younger men especially in the oil and gas industry whom she is alleged to have made multi-billionaires today.
Christopher Aire’s oily jewel: Sometimes in 2011, NEXT, one of Nigeria’s most authentic newspapers, ran a series of investigative reports that linked the Minister herself to monumental corruption. In one of those reports, titled “Oil Minister, her jewelry and their sweetheart deal” the minister was alleged to have discretionally licensed one Christopher Aire, a 47-year old United States of America-based Nigerian celebrity jewelry designer and merchant, to be lifting crude oil.
On the 7th April, 2010, a day after her appointment as Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison Madueke was alleged to have flown to Beverly Hills in Los Angeles to revel in a lavish party and fashion show put together by Christopher Aire, whom she met during her 15-month tenure as Minister for Solid Minerals and Steel Development.
By the time the bejeweled Mrs. Alison Madueke returned home a few days later to resume duties as Nigeria’s first female oil minister, she was alleged to have achieved three clear objectives from the trip – she had unlimited fun with her new lover, acquired some of Aire’s exotic gold and gemstones and handed her new lover, Mr. Christopher Aire an invitation to become one of Nigeria’s biggest crude oil lifter. That was the beginning of the beautiful friendship. But how the relationship blossomed or failed after that is a story for another day.
Dapo Abiodun’s oily romance: Shortly after PowerSteering’s elaborate publication on the minister in September, 2013 with the cover “OIL INDUSTRY UNDER ALISON MADUEKE STINKS”, another mind-boggling revelation made about Diezani’s extra-marital relationship with a Lagos–based oil and gas big boy, Dapo Abiodun became so revealing and virile on the social media. According to those who knew about their affairs, Diezani and Dapo dated for quite a while and while it lasted, both enjoyed it to the fullest both at home in Nigeria and at various places abroad. The source said Dapo was the “apple” of Diezani’s eye during the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s tenure when she was the Minister of Transport and later Solid Mineral Resources.
PowerSteering was reliably informed that the affair between Diezani and Dapo was closely and jealously guided but only a few people in the corridors of power including President Jonathan who was then the Vice President knew of it. Dapo Abiodun who owns Heyden Oil, one of the major players in the oil and gas sector, was alleged by insiders to have gotten more patronage through Alison Madueke’s influence while the relationship lasted. Unfortunately for the love birds, somewhere along the line, we learnt Dapo fumbled and Diezani had a bitter fight with him. When eventually, Diezani Alison Madueke became the Minister of Petroleum, Dapo lost the patronage and got nothing from her afterwards.
Above Presidential reproach: In recent time, Diezani Alison Madueke has been trailed by allegations of corruption, fraud, cronyism, abuse of office, and lately high-level promiscuity but no one is able to call her to order, not even the president.
All attempts to get the Senior Special Adviser on Media to the Honourable Minister on his mobile line – 08029508778 including text messages to comment on this was unsuccessful for three days before going to the press as he neither picked our calls, – returned them, nor reply our text messages.