Diezani In More Trouble As EFCC Probes Another N4bn Hotel

EFCC Detectives have uncovered yet another multi-billion Naira transaction believed to have been carried out by former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

EFCC is now probing a N4billion hotel deal between Diezani and a former military administrator

whose identity is yet to be released “so as to protect the investigation”. The hotel may go under the Interim Forfeiture process as soon as the preliminary investigation is concluded.

The Nation learnt that detectives of the anti-graft agency have secured relevant papers on the hotel, said to be valued at N4billion.

Also, it was gathered at the weekend that some business associates of Mrs Alison-Madueke were yet to refund to the EFCC about $1.85billion traced to them.

They would rather follow through the case than make a refund, a source said.

According to the anti-graft agency, the hotel was one of the five being investigated in Port Harcourt.

An EFCC source: “We have been able to link the N4billion hotel in Port Harcourt to the ex-minister. We are probing alleged sales deal between her and a former military administrator.

“We have been able to ascertain the value of the hotel. But we are gradually tracking how the deal was carried out including verification of bank details and transactions by all those involved.

“Some of these deals we are unearthing were carried out in layers in order to shield them away from anti-corruption agencies. But we are cracking them all.”