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Hundreds of Dubai Properties Linked to Suspected Nigerian Corruption: Study

At least 800 properties in Dubai appear to have ties to current and former Nigerian politicians, their family members, associates or alleged proxies, according to a new report published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The findings, which are based on an analysis of an acquired database of real… Read More

How Nigeria’s Buhari administration planned to transfer $110 million in Abacha loot to Bagudu

Despite attempts by the Muhammadu Buhari administration to deny the transfer of $110 million stolen from Nigeria’s treasury by late military tyrant, Sani Abacha, to Mr Abacha’s most profligate money launderer and current governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, United States court papers obtained by PREMIUM TIMES show that… Read More

U.S., Jersey sign $300 million Abacha loot repatriation deal with Nigeria

The United States and the British dependency of Jersey have agreed with Nigeria to repatriate more than $300 million in funds stolen by former military ruler General Sani Abacha, the three governments said. Abacha ruled Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer, from 1993 until his death in 1998. Corruption watchdog Transparency… Read More
22nd January 2020
Nigeria’s financial crimes watchdog charged a former attorney general suspected of taking bribes to facilitate a $1.3 billion oil block sale, the agency said on Tuesday, in the latest twist in one of the industry’s biggest alleged corruption scandals. An international investigation into the 2011 sale of the offshore oilfield… Read More
17th January 2020
A British prosecutor launched a fresh attempt on Thursday to confiscate tens of millions of pounds stolen from an oil-producing state in Nigeria by its former governor, who was convicted of laundering his loot in Britain. James Ibori, who was governor of Delta State from 1999 to 2007, pleaded guilty… Read More
6th December 2019
Glencore Plc is being investigated for bribery by U.K. authorities, deepening the legal troubles that threaten the world’s biggest commodities trader. The shares fell as much as 8.6% to a three-year low. The move by the Serious Fraud Office adds to ongoing corruption probes that Glencore is facing in the… Read More
25th November 2019
The founder of a major airline in Nigeria has been charged with bank fraud and money laundering for allegedly moving more than $20 million from foreign sources through American bank accounts and using it, in part, to pay for living expenses, luxury cars and high-end shopping, according to US officials… Read More
11th November 2019
Twenty years after the controversial demise of one of Nigeria’s last military leaders, Sani Abacha, one sore thumb still aching local and international financial crime investigators is the full extent of his legacy of corruption. In the years since 2002, when the first insight into the depth of corruption during… Read More
22nd October 2019
Nigeria’s anti-fraud office on Monday charged two Britons in the capital, Abuja, for alleged money laundering in connection with an ill-fated gas deal that has left the government facing a disputed bill of more than $9 billion. James Richard Nolan and Adam Quinn pleaded not guilty in an Abuja court… Read More
7th October 2019
Judging by the fleet of supercars parked in the grounds of Geneva’s Bonmont Golf and Country Club last Sunday, Teodorin Obiang was not overly fussed by the size of his carbon footprint. There were 25 in total, representatives of every luxury model conceivable, from Aston Martin to Bugatti and Ferrari,… Read More
20th September 2019
Lebanon’s Jammal Trust Bank has been forced to wind itself down after being hit last month by U.S. sanctions for allegedly helping to fund the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, the bank said on Thursday. The central bank said the value of the bank’s assets, and its share of the national deposit… Read More
11th September 2019
The US Department of Justice announced Tuesday that 281 people were arrested in a global crackdown on wire transfer scams. Over a four-month period, “Operation reWired” was aimed at stopping so-called business email compromise (BEC) schemes, which are “designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals,” the Justice Department said. The… Read More
3rd September 2019
A former Goldman Sachs banker who helped a corrupt Nigerian politician hide a fortune in offshore accounts has been ordered to pay back £7.3m or face 10 years more in jail. Ellias Preko, 60, used his ‘gold-plated credentials’ to launder at least £3m plundered by James Ibori, the former governor… Read More