The current social media buzz reports has it that the estate agent who helped ex-minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, buy properties in the UK has been arrested in Nigeria.
A London estate agent who appeared on the BBC’s Homes under the Hammer was recently named in an investigation into alleged corruption by a former Nigerian oil minister known as ‘The Madam’.
Court documents filed in the US allege King’s Cross estate agency, Daniel Ford, helped to buy millions of pounds worth of properties for Diezani Alison-Madueke in London. It’s been established via UK company records that Daniel Ford’s sole director is Adeyemi Edun. Mr. Edun has also been seen on a TV series offering advice on buying and renovating flats.
Investigations further revealed that Mr. Adeyemi Edun has acted for the controversial Mrs. Alison-Madueke and had helped Mrs. Alison-Madueke buy millions of pounds worth of properties in the UK for the Nigeria’s oil minister from 2010 to 2015 that later became the first female president of the OPEC oil cartel and a former executive for Shell in Nigeria.
The Cambridge-educated politician is currently facing investigations in the UK, US and Nigeria for allegedly receiving lucrative kickbacks for oil deals she sanctioned as Nigeria’s oil minister.
The former petroleum minister is held up in the UK where she is being investigated for money laundering. In Nigeria, property worth billions of Naira have been seized from her and forfeited to the federal government as she continues to be investigated for various corrupt practices while in office.
Mr. Adeyemi Edun was detained as he arrived Nigeria on Wednesday and is currently being held at the EFCC office in Ikoyi, Lagos.
“He is being held as part of investigations into Diezani’s multiple corrupt schemes,” an official told the press. Edun was named in U.S. court documents as having links to an alleged money laundering scandal swirling around Mrs. Alison-Madueke.
The court papers said he had ‘assisted’ various Nigerian businessmen with the purchase of £8.3m of prime London real estate intended ‘for the use and benefit’ of Mrs. Alison-Madueke in March 2011.