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Feds want to seize Nigerian playboy Kola Aluko runs into heavy US waters, feds plan to seize penthouse, $80M yacht

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Feds want to seize Nigerian playboy Kola Aluko’s yacht, penthouse
Nigerian businessmen, Kolawole Akanni Aluko, is targeted in a federal lawsuit aiming to seize his $80 million yacht and his $50.9 million One57 penthouse.
Energy magnet Aluko, 48, moves among the gliterrati
He once was associated with super model Naomi Campbell and celebrated a birthday with Leonardo DiCaprio, notably rented the contentious yacht to Jay-Z and Beyoncé in the past
Fed lawsuit claims the yacht, and  full-floor penthouse apartment on Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row are from ill-gotten gains
Aluko allegedly acquired property with proceeds from money-laundering scheme by funded by frauds who bribed Nigeria’s fugitive oil minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke
The fed civil forfeiture action filed in Houston claims that Aluko and another Nigerian oilman, Olajide Omokore, conspired with other persons to pay bribes to Alison-Madueke
Allison-Madueke who allegedly embezzled as much as $16billion of energy revenue, fled her home country to the UK in 2015 after her party lost the presidential elections

Feds are lowering he boom on Nigerian playboy Kola Aluko. The globe trotting businessman who reputedly is very comfortable among the glitterati, has courted Naomi Campbell, celebrated a birthday with Leonardo DiCaprio and rented his mega yacht, ‘Galactica Star’,  to Jay-Z and Beyoncé for her 32nd birthday celebrations.
However, the champagne is going flat for 48-year-old Aluko who is targeted in a federal lawsuit aiming to seiz’e his $80 million yacht and his $50.9 million One57 penthouse.

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The suit claims the $80 million Galactica Star,  and the full-floor penthouse apartment on Manhattan’s Billionaire’s Row were bought in a money-laundering scheme by frauds who bribed Nigeria’s oil minister.
Aluko allegedly acquired the contentious property with proceeds from money-laundering scheme by funded by frauds who bribed Nigeria’s fugitive oil minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Allison-Madueke who allegedly embezzled as much as $16billion of energy revenue while in office, fled her home country to the UK in 2015 after he party lost the presidential elections.
The federal lawsuit states that Kola Aluko, a Nigerian energy mogul, bought the 79th floor penthouse at One57 in Manhattan, NY for $51 million in 2014. The home which has sweeping views of Central Park, has a past-due property tax bill.
The 6,240-square-foot condo is in foreclosure. Aluko hasn’t paid the mortgage, and the bank that lent him $35.3 million to buy the pad is forcing a sale, the city’s biggest foreclosure ever.
The past due property tax is estimated at a minimum of $250,000, and that’s even with the benefit of a 421a partial tax exemption that knocked down what would have been an annual tax bill of $250,000 to $50,000.
The four-bedroom, four-bath condo also has liens on it of more than $20,000, and owes $61,000 in taxes to the city as of July 1.
The apartment is due to go to auction Wednesday.
Nigerian authorities in February tried to freeze Aluko’s assets, including the apartment and the yacht, as part of the money-laundering probe.

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Kola Aluko bought a $51M penthhouse on Billionaire’s row, in Manhattan
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Allison-Madueke reportedly warned Aluko about buying $80m vessel, to avoid drawing attention to their scheme. The conversation was recorded in a monitored call
The 48-year-old energy tycoon, whose full name is Kolawole Akanni Aluko, is accused of financing his high-flying lifestyle with money generated from a $1.76 billion scheme to defraud the Nigerian government of oil sale profits.
The scam allegedly involved millions of dollars in bribes to former Nigerian oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, who oversaw the state-owned oil company.
The federal lawsuit — a civil forfeiture action filed in Houston — claims that Aluko and another Nigerian oilman named Olajide Omokore conspired with others to pay bribes to Alison-Madueke.
In return, the minister steered contracts from a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corp to shell companies owned by Aluko and Omokore.

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Nigeria’s former oil minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, is accused of receiving bribes and embezzling energy revenue running into billions of dollars. She is currently domiciled in the UK, reportedly on medical grounds. She has denied all charges against her
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Nigerian Oil baron Olajide Omokaro is enjoined as co-defendant in the civil forfeiture lawsuit

Despite being unqualified and in some instances performing no services at all, the companies received more than $1.5 billion through the sale of crude oil, the lawsuit said.
The Justice Department’s suit said Aluko and Omokore laundered their illicit revenue by buying $144 million in assets, including the One57 condo and the yacht.
Alison-Madueke was charged with money laundering in Nigeria, the country’s financial crimes agency said in April. She has denied wrongdoing. Aluko also previously denied the accusations.
Aluko was last seen in public offshore of the ill-fated Fyre Festival in the Bahamas in April. Since then, he’s not been seen in public, and may be hiding out on the 213-foot yacht.
The boat, registered in the Cayman Islands, was last tracked in the Caribbean in early May. It’s now listed as “out of range,” by a worldwide ship locator.
The Luxembourg-based Banque Havilland, which issued the mortgage on the One57 condo, seeks to collect what it’s owed plus interest, court papers say. It is unclear how the feds and the bank intend to share out the auction proceeds.

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