Controversial oil baron, Jide Omokore, implicated in a multi-billion dollar fraud involving former Nigerian oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was on Monday in Abuja interrogated by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Jide Omokore

Mr. Omokore was interviewed by officers of the commission concerning his role in the corruption that engulfed the oil industry during President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime. His home and office in Lagos were ransacked last week as the EFCC waded into the case, which broke open with the arrest in London of Mrs. Alison-Madueke in London.

Also yesterday, a large sum of money belonging to Mrs. Madueke and her mother was confiscated by the police on the orders of a Magistrate judge in Westminster.

Mr. Omokore is one of Mrs. Madueke’s and former President Goodluck Jonathan’s front men.  He reportedly assisted in laundering over $20 billion that had been stolen from Nigeria’s petroleum sector.

Mr. Omokore, who enjoyed the patronage of the Nigerian presidency under Mr. Jonathan, also allegedly engaged in criminal conversion of import waivers and other economic.

An EFCC source said that following his interrogation, Mr. Omokore was let go.   

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