The Senator Emmanuel Paulker-led Committee on Petroleum Upstream which is currently investigating the involvements of the Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Dieziani Allison-Madueke and some of her stooges, Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko will definitely be answerable not just to tax payers but the Nigerian masses if the matter is swept under the carpet as the usual practice.
The Committee, this office gathered is charged to look into the allegations of fraudulent dealings and illegal transfer of four oil blocks in favour of Jide Omokore`s ATLANTIC ENERGY DRILLING CONCEPT amounting to a whopping N58.9 trillion, a staggering amount experts say make-up Nigeria`s 1-year earnings in crude oil export. This matter is probably the biggest known oil fraud in recent time, this much National Enquirer can authoritatively reveal.
The popular phrase that the law is no respecter of anybody is definitely not working in Nigeria, rather the order of the day is the word of the famous American Black Leader and Activist, Martin Luther King Jr. which says, “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress”, what this means in essence is that the Nigerian state has proven that there are men powerful than the LAW and that its LAW has failed to establish justice.
Maybe same is the case in few African countries but In Nigeria, it is an established fact that the weightier your offence the lighter the judgment, and vice versa especially when issue in contention is treasury looting, large scale embezzlement, public office fraud that are capable of being clogs in the wheel of national progress. Justice in Nigeria is no doubt a cash and carry business little wonder the prisons are brimming with the poor and the unknown while the rich and the powerful who commit more grievous crimes get pat in the shoulder.
The Nigerian state has made several blooper of the law in recent time and to the extent that, the global village is now wondering if the sovereign nation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is being ruled by any LAW at all. Recently, an honorable court in Abuja, federal capital territory presided over by honourable Justice Abubakar Talba delivered an incredible ruling when it sentenced the former director of the Police Pension Board, YakubuYussuf who admitted stealing a staggering N32.8billion when in office to 2 years imprisonment with an option of N750,000 fine whereas an ex-policeman who stole a N45,000 worth of mobile handset belonging to the governor of Osun State, OgbeniRauf Aregbesola got 45 years jail term!
The landmark oil fraud in which the Petroleum Minister, Dieziani and her privies, Jide Omokore and his friend, Kola Aluko of Septa Energy Limited are being investigated by the National Assembly is going to be a litmus test for the Nigerian Lawmakers as checks already have it that, the suspects might be looking for a way of getting the committee induced afterall.
Tracing the claim-to-fortune of these stupendously rich businessmen, Jide Omokore we gathered came to limelight during the Babangida administration, the Kogi born man was believed to be one of IBB`s “errand” boys before becoming a Steel merchant while Kola Aluko is seen as an AGIP (Any Government In Power) top notcher.
The two powerful businessmen are part of Nigeria`s top 10 silent billionaires going by the extent of the acquisition of worldly accomplishments and properties across the globe. Those who know Jide Omokore like the back of their hands attested to the fact that, he`s a super-rich dude who loves cars and marble houses in choice areas of the nation like Banana Island in Lagos, Asokoro in Abuja, UK, US and the rest, aside the fact that, he owns about 4 private jets while his second wife, Angela Ebagua-an executive director with Access Bank who he married in a controversial manner also has her own private Jet. The story of Jide`s marriage to Angela is a story for another day.
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Kola Aluko is the deputy CEO and leading shareholder in SevenEnergy, an oil and gas firm. He is the MD/CEO of Exoro Energy, an indigenous oil exploration and production firm and also on the advisory board of an international aviation company, Vista Jet, a Swiss based private Jet charter company. We learnt Omokore and Aluko are so close that they both fly private Jets across the world with spare aircraft in their entourage. We hear they`re also lobbying to make the next Forbes` list.
We shall bring you more on the adventures of these super rich men and keep you posted as events unfold on the Senator Emmanuel Paulker-led Committee on Petroleum Upstream`s probe.