EFCC arrests one of Jonathan’s friends over Diezani’s deals


– EFCC arrests Jide Omokore

– Shady oil deals of Omokore’s companies

Jide Omokore, an associate of the former president Goodluck Jonathan, and chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Premium Times reports that the arrest linked to a several of multi-billion dollar oil import and crude export agreements.

Omokore, who is currently in the custody of the anti-graft agency, has made revealing statements.

His company was one of those that got multibillion dollar worth of public assets without due process by the Jonathan government in 2011.

The Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts was formed less than a year before and had not given a drop of oil, was granted controlling stakes in two lucrative oil blocks – OML 30 and 34 – for just over $50 million each.

The agreement was signed by the former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke. She gave the company a controlling 55% stake in the petroleum block.

Another company of Omokore SPOG is also being probed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, in an alleged N400 million petrol import scam.
Alison-Madueke also awarded the concession of OML 4, 38, and 4 Seven Energy Limited, which owns Septa Energy Nigeria Limited, one of the business interests of Jonathan’s ally.

Another company in the complex web of companies chaired by Mr. Omokore, Seven Energy, is partly owned by Energy Resources Management Limited, indicted in the import waiver scandal.

Diezani is currently in London, where she was arrested over shady oil deals. Recently the former minister was granted the bail.


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