Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-54
Diepreye Alamieyeseigha (United Kingdom)
Nigeria
Governor (1999-2005)
United Kingdom
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
2005
2010
Art.15, Art.19, Art.20, Art.23
Yes
Administrative Confiscation; Private Civil Action; Criminal Prosecution and Forfeiture
Unknown
Unspecified
Effective cooperation between Nigerian and United Kingdom authorities (Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, United Kingdom's London Metropolitan Police (Source: Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) initiative Case Study, "Diepreye Alamieyeseigha"; United Kingdom court's denial of Mr. Alamieyeseigha's petition of immunity as state governor, a ruling upheld by the High Court (Source: R on the application of Diepreye Solomon Peter Alamieyeseigha v. CPS [2005] EWHC 2704 (Admin).
Completed
$17,700,000. Please note that this amount is total recovered worldwide to date.
No
NA

According to a case study by the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, the recovery in the case consisted of (1) $1.5 million in cash seized at the time of arrest and (2) $2.7 million held in bank accounts [Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, Santolina Investment Corporation account in excess of GBP 1.8 million] and London real estate worth $15 million [4 properties registered under Solomon & Peters Ltd. as sole proprietor]. In May 2006, a London court ordered confiscation of the seized cash pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act, after Mr. Alamieyeseigha skipped bail and returned to Nigeria; bank accounts and London real estate were confiscated pursuant to a December 2007 United Kingdom High Court summary judgment; and a July 2008 judgment left to confiscation of remaining assets in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Cyprus. Pursuant to his July 2007 plea in Nigerian High Court, he was sentenced to a two-year prison term and his assets in Nigeria were ordered seized. (Source: StAR Case Study, "Diepreye Alamieyeseigha").

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)
London Metropolitan Police, Proceeds of Corruption Unit
Crown Prosecution Service; Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (James Maton, Tim Daniel)
England and Wales High Court