By MBACHU GODWIN MBACH , Abuja –
In a deft move, the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has intensified efforts to secure a permanent forfeiture of properties and other assets linked to Mr Kola Aluko, an associate of former minister of Petroleum Resources, Dieziani Alison Madueke in the scam that rocked the nation’s oil industry during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, LEADERSHIP has learnt.
LEADERSHIP Checks indicate that a Nigerian court had on June 26 ordered the temporary forfeiture of most of the assets linked to Aluko which are located in the United States and Switzerland.
Aluko is said to be enjoying citizenship of both countries, a fact that further complicates the asset forfeiture process.
However, a top source close to the investigation who didn’t want his name in print as he is not authorized to speak on the issue, revealed that the Nigerian anti-graft agency has opened communications with the US and Swiss authorities with a view to getting the interim forfeiture order given in Suit No. FHN/ABJ/CS/228/16 registered for enforcement in both the United States and Switzerland.
The source further disclosed that Mutual legal assistance (MLAT) letters to both countries are in the works, and would be sent to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation once it is ratified.
LEADERSHIP checks further indicate that a team from the EFCC are due in the United States and Switzerland anytime from now to harmonize the details of the MLAT letter.
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