Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-50
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (Cyprus)
Nigeria
Governor (1999-2005)
Cyprus
Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
1999
Unknown
Art.19, Art.20, Art.23
Yes
Private Civil Action
Unknown
Unknown
Nigeria's lawyers in the civil case carried out the enforcement of the judgment in Cyprus. (Source: StAR Case Study, attached PDF)
Completed
Unspecified amount; Please see UK entry for worldwide total of assets returned.
No
NA

Nigeria brought a civil suit against Santolina Investment Corporation, an entity that was the purported owner of properties purchased with Mr. Alamieyeseigha's criminal proceeds and in relation to approximately GBP 1 million on deposit in Cyprus (as of the date of EWHC judgment in related case on December 1, 2007, equivalent of U.S. $2,062,470). According to a case study by the Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative, a July 2008 judgment by a United Kingdom court led to the confiscation of assets in the United Kingdom, Cyprus and Denmark. Nigeria's lawyers in the civil case carried out the enforcement of the judgment in Cyprus. (Source: StAR Case Study, accessed at http://www1.worldbank.org/publicsector/star_site/documents/Case_Studies_....)

According to the December 3, 2007 UK High Court decision in Nigeria v. Santolina Investment Corp and Ors, Mr. Alamieyeseigha entered a guilty plea in Nigeria's High Court to six counts of making false declaration of assets. According to the same judgment, Mr. Alamieyeseigha was arrested at Heathrow Airport in September 2005 by officers of the Metropolitan Police and initially remanded but later granted bail. In breach of his bail requirements, he left UK and returned to Nigeria in November 2005. (Source: Nigeria v. Santolina Investment Corp and Ors, [2007] EWHC 3053 (Q.B.))  In March 2013, he was pardoned in Nigeria. (Source:  BBC News, "Nigeria pardons Goodluck Jonathan ally, Alamieyeseigha," March 13, 2013.)

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
Federal High Court (Lagos)
NA
Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (James Maton, Tim Daniel)
Unknown