REVEALED: UK Properties, Corruption Allegations That Landed Ex-Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson In Trouble With Anti-graft Agency, EFCC

Posh UK properties not absolutely declared and alleged misappropriation of N32.5 billion funds belonging to Bayelsa State obtained its former governor, Seriake Dickson into hassle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), SaharaReporters learnt on Wednesday. 

The former governor, who presently represents Bayelsa West as a senator within the National Assembly, was grilled for hours by the EFCC over corruption allegations on Tuesday. 

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SaharaReporters learnt that Dickson introduced himself to the EFCC following an invite by the company over allegations bordering on abuse of workplace and misappropriation of public funds throughout his eight-year reign as governor of Bayelsa State. 

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Dickson was the governor of the state between 2012 and 2020.

He was a member of the House of Representatives for Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency of Bayelsa State from 2007 to 2011 and was additionally the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Bayelsa State from 2006 to 2007.

However, particulars from the petition submitted to the EFCC by an NGO, asking the anti-graft company to analyze the belongings declared by Dickson have been obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday. 

For occasion, Dickson is suspected to have six posh properties, estimated at £4,179,000 not absolutely disclosed to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in his asset declaration varieties. 

He can be suspected to have pursuits in two international corporations, equally beneath questionable circumstances.               

“In 2015, Dickson was accused by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of embezzling over N15 billion received from donors after the 2012 flood that devastated the State.

“The APC has additionally alleged that Governor Dickson diverted N17.5 billion from the Bayelsa State Government to fund his 2019 re-election marketing campaign for governor. The allegations are denied by Dickson,” the petition read in part. 

The NGO, in its requests, asked the EFCC to review “the Asset Declaration varieties submitted by Dickson throughout his durations in workplace as Attorney General of Bayelsa State, Governor of the State and as a member of the House of Representatives:

“To verify that Dickson’s income and declared assets were sufficient to buy the freehold for 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold) and 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU and the leasehold for Flats A-D, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX: and, if not, to investigate whether the property was acquired through the proceeds of corruption.

“To confirm that Dickson declared his possession of the above properties and appropriately recorded their acknowledged buy costs: and if to not begin forfeiture motion.

“To verify that Dickson recorded his interests in The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited (incorporated in the Seychelles) and The Seriake Dickson (incorporated in the UK): and, if not, to take appropriate action.

“To confirm that whether or not Dickson managed or operated financial institution accounts related to The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited (integrated within the Seychelles) and The Seriake Dickson (integrated within the UK): and, if not, to take motion.” 

Foreign Assets, Others 

The petition also read that Dickson’s company, ‘The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited’ is registered in the Seychelles and that any shareholding should therefore have been declared.

“Given that there’s a cost on 171 Shirland Road in favour of a UK financial institution (Tab 12), The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited should have operated a checking account to obtain the mortgage. It is extremely possible that this account was within the Seychelles the place the corporate was registered or within the UK the place the financial institution mortgage was made.

“The UK company registry records a company called ‘The Seriake Dickson’ being incorporated on 22 February 2010 and dissolved on 4 October 2011. It was registered as a not-for-profit company (“company limited by guarantee”) with an address at of 4 Levens Hall Drive, Westcroft, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK4 4FL. No accounts were ever filed. It is likely that the company would have had an associated UK bank account,” it additional learn. 

It listed his UK properties to incorporate 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold);

Flats A-D, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Leasehold) and 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU. 

For instance, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold), which had a purchase order value acknowledged as £800,000, was “valued at £2,000,000 as at March 2020”. 

“43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold). The deeds record that the property was purchased on 14 May 2012 (thus during Dickson’s tenure as a Governor) by The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited, a company incorporated in the Seychelles,” it added. 

It continued, “The title deeds give Daniel Ford & Co of 35 Balfe Street, London N1 9EB as the agent for The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited. Daniel Ford & Co is a London-based estate agent which reportedly arranged the purchase of a three London properties for former oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke that have now been seized as proceeds of corruption. 

“In December 2017, the corporate’s co-owner, Adeyemi Edun, was reportedly arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on suspicion of cash laundering. Mr. Edun denied any wrongdoing.

“Flats A-D, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Leasehold). The OCOD records that the leasehold rights to Flats A-D, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX are held by The Seriake Dickson Trust.

“The title deeds for Flat A (Title No: AGL256116), Flat B (title no: AGL256114), Flat C (title no: AGL256117) and Flat D (title no: AGL256112), downloaded from the UK authorities’s land registry portal (https://eservices. landregistry.gov.uk/) between 24 February 2020 and 23 March 2020, all document that leaseholds being bought by ‘The Seriake Dickson Trust (integrated in Nigeria) of 35 Balfe Street, London N1 9EB’. The acknowledged London contact deal with for the Trust is that of Daniel Ford &Co (Tabs 6-9).

“A search of the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission registry on 31 October 2017 confirms that The Seriake Dickson Trust (company no: 38600) is registered at Zone A 13, Apo Legislative Quarter Abuja.

“The trustees of the Trust are named as Henry Seriake Dickson and his siblings; Mrs. Grace Opekere Seriake Dickson of 4, Odienna Close Wuse 2, Abuja: Timi Dickson, Dickson Akpolagha, Oruaze Moses Dickson of two, Daniel Obele Street, Ekeki Yenagua, Bayelsa State: and Amalate Tunner Johnny, an ally of Dickson and King in Bayelsa of 7A, Angola Street zone 1, Abuja.

“The trust was established on 18 May 2010, thus when Dickson was a member of House of Representatives.

“171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU. The OCOD information that the freehold rights to 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU are held by The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited.

“The deeds record that the property was purchased on 2 February 2011 (thus during Dickson’s tenure as a member of the House of Representatives) by The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited. The purchase price was stated as £1,370,000.

“The title deeds additionally document {that a} cost in opposition to the property in favour of FBN Bank (UK).

“The value of the property as at March 2020 was £2,179,000.” 

Dickson additionally allegedly makes revenue from lease with one bed room flat fetching an estimated £1,357 per thirty days within the space the place one of many mentioned properties is positioned. 

“A similar search for 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU also reveals that the occupants would appear unrelated to Dickson, thus also suggesting that the property was rented.

“The present rental worth of a one-bedroom flat within the space is £1,581 per calendar month.

“It is likely that the collection of any rents would have required a UK bank account,” the petition additionally famous. 

But in an announcement on Tuesday, Dickson mentioned he declared his belongings a number of occasions to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) earlier than he grew to become a governor. 

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“I perceive that there’s a petition from an NGO alleging that these investments (largely buildings, plots, farms, and so on in my village, Orua, Yenagoa, and two buy-to-let homes within the UK) weren’t declared. I’ve an obligation to make clear these points with the investigating authorities who by regulation have the accountability to inquire into these issues.

“However, for the avoidance of doubts, let me state that my household investments, Seriake Dickson Trust Incorporated have been made between 1996 and 2012 earlier than I grew to become Governor,” he mentioned. 

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