Saturday, 5 August 2017

Jide Omokore: Skye Bank to take over Diezani’s associate's oil wells over N110B debt

Jide Omokore

Skye Bank Plc is seeking to take over some oil wells belonging to Jide Omokore, an established associate of embattled Alison Diezani Madueke.

Jide Omokore's debt of of about N110billion at an exchange rate of $1/N315, might see him forfeiting some of his oil wells to Skye Bank Plc.

In a report by TheCable, the management of Skye Bank Plc is seeking to take over some oil wells belonging to Omokore, an established associate of embattled ex-Petroleum minister, Alison Diezani Madueke.

According to the report, the loans were said to have been obtained through three companies, namely: Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts (N56 billion), Cedar Oil and Gas Ltd (N22.4 billion) and Real Bank Ltd (N31 billion).

It was also reported that in a series of letters and documents, the management of the bank said the repayment of the first two obligations is tied to the controversial strategic alliance agreements (SAAs) with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Atlantic Energy was awarded SAAs by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) Ltd, a subsidiary of NNPC, to develop and finance production from OMLs 26, 42, 30 and 34 — four oil blocks in all — in 2011.

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It has been reported that an agreement between NPDC and Omokore’s Atlantic Energy allegedly ripped Nigeria off by billions of Dollars between 2011 and 2015.

This development has seen the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has freezing the assets of Omokore over suspicion of money laundering and procurement fraud.

Skye Bank was further reported to have written to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, appealing to the federal government to grant it access to the assets that were funded with loans from the bank.

The letter reads in part: “We will require assistance for the extrication of the real estate assets that were fully funded with loans from the bank from the assets of Omokore presently under the forfeiture order from the court.

“This will enable us have access and rights over these assets and put the bank in a position to realise the assets that form the collateral for the loans granted to Real Bank limited.”

The bank also sought assistance to take control of the oil assets of Omokore.

“We will require some political intervention working with the NNPC to be able to bring this matter relating to Atlantic Energy to a quick resolution,” the letter read.

“The assets belong to the NNPC and we will require the NNPC to approve the transfer of the rights under the SAA’s to another company that can take over the obligations and repay the bank facilities.

“Our proposal is to work with the NNPC to take over these assets (since NNPC is a joint venture partner with 60% stake), and thereafter re-auction them to affirm that has the financial capability and credibility to take over and turn around the fortunes of these assets.

“This arrangement will also require strong political support at the highest levels. The positive outcome of this arrangement will enable the bank to repay NNPC’s TSA funds totalling USD$262.7m, and also part of CBN’s financial accommodation to the bank.”

There no words from Omokore, who was granted permission by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja to travel for medical treatment on June 13, 2017.



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