Names of Nigerians owning mansions in London unveiled ahead of Buhari’s visit

According to reports, names of some top Nigerians allegedly own­ing mansions in London have been mentioned in a London newspaper.

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This is even as Presi­dent Muhammadu Bu­hari visits London to­morrow at the invitation of Prime Minister David Cameron, to participate in a global anti-corrup­tion summit holding at Lancaster House.

The Mail on Sunday named former Gover­nor of Kogi State, the late Prince Abubakar Audu and Chairman and Chief executive Officer of Global Fleet Group, Ji­moh Ibrahim as owners of mansions on Bishops Avenue in Hampstead – known as “billionaires’ row” while former Gov­ernor of Bayelsa State, the late Diepreye Alami­eyeseigha, was named as owner of a mansion in West Hampstead. It was not clear if the proper­ties were products of corruption and money laundering.

But the report listed Nigeria as one of the countries worst affected by corruption. Mean­while, the Executive Sec­retary of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption, Profes­sor Bolaji Owasanoye, while commenting on the global anti-corrup­tion summit, said Brit­ain had been a bolthole for numerous corrupt Nigerians, including for­mer provincial governor James Ibori, jailed for 12 years in 2012 at South­wark Crown Court for money-laundering.

He spoke with Mail on Sunday at the weekend ahead of the summit. “It’s great Mr Cameron is taking this seriously. But Britain isn’t doing as much as it should, in terms of ending the secrecy and making its banks more account­able,” Owasanoye said.

Critics say the British government is not doing much in the fight against embezzlement of public funds and money laun­dering even as it hosts a global anti-corruption summit. Cameron has been accused of failing to order Britain’s tax-ha­ven colonies to open up books.

According to the re­port, almost one in ten properties in Kensing­ton, companies regis­tered in such ‘secrecy jurisdictions’ own seven per cent in Westminster and five per cent in the City. It added that more than three-quarters of the owners of such prop­erty use offshore secrecy to hide their identities.

The ‘preferred option for concealment’ were British Crown Depen­dencies and Overseas Territories, such as the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Gibraltar and the Caymans, the report added. The Mail on Sun­day said it has learned that representatives of dependencies such as the BVI will not attend the summit, while Cam­eron has ‘no plans’ to force them to make com­panies registered there obey the same transpar­ency rules as firms regis­tered in Britain.

In Britain, properties bought with dirty money often sit empty for long periods. “Those living nearby have no idea who their neighbours are, undermining any sense of community. Most im­portantly, those prop­erties are taken off the market, further squeez­ing housing supply,” the report said. A report last year by the global anti-corruption group Trans­parency International, based on data supplied by Scotland Yard, re­vealed that real estate worth more than £180 million has been subject to criminal investigation since 2004.

Yet this represents just one per cent of the proceeds of corruption invested in the UK prop­erty market, making the true total £18 billion. It added that more than three-quarters of the owners of such property use offshore secrecy to hide their identities.

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20 Comments

  1. My Bible tells me that “All is vanity”. And the Bible must be very right. Of what use are these mansions now to the dead owners?
    I hope our leaders will now learn to leave in moderation. When you embezzle public funds, you dehumanise your self and pile God’s wrath on your head. A word is enough for the wise.

  2. They are just bunch of fools, if Nigeria is built instead of destroying, will they all not enjoy the houses if also built from real sweat. They will all account to God what they did in their life time. Also, what about the past and present politicians.

    • So it’s only PDP that has mansions now. You people’s mind is been brainwashed gradually. By the time APC is done you will all believe APC politicians only have room and parlour properties!!!!

  3. what will they gain after loosing this life…even they cant go with there shoe not to talk of their car…..Vanity upon vanity

  4. This govt. Shd stop fooling nigerians a lot of apc top men has more than that,go ahead and fish dem out. Or u ar covening ur party image?

  5. 1 Timothy 6:17 KJV
    Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
    Of what benefit is the London house to the dead owner? All is vanity and evil disease

  6. Evil disease among rulers in Nigeria
    Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 KJV
    There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: [2] A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.
    The dead can’t live in the purchased house but strangers

  7. Not politicians alone that are corrupt, even civil servants and their cronies, current ex and present military and para military officers. They all have properties scattered in the United Kingdom.

  8. Prince audu the late former kogi governor who was mention was an APC man even Jimoh Abrahim is also an apc man except iborI . So apc govt is full of corrupt officials

  9. The truth of the matter is that the British Government is not help us. Why did the Reporter mention the names of those that are dead and James Ibori who already serving his jail term? They have the full record and let them disclose the owner of the other Mansions. They are the one helping corrupt Nigerians to steal more money. Why did they allow them to bring the money into their country? It takes two to tangle. The so called anti-corruption summit is a hoax.

  10. I am surprised we are outsourcing our responsibility to enforce our laws to Oyinbo. Oyinbo does not mind you stealing what belongs to you, your father and your family and ‘dashing him’.Oyinbo to be helping us to catch thieves from Nigeria?? We are a naive people.

  11. For your information, the so called Alayeimesia burial was a hoax. That thing lying in the coffin was a cast (art work, fibre glass cast)

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