Exposed: UK Properties, Corruption Allegations That Landed PDP Senator, Seriake Dickson In Trouble With EFCC

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Gov. Seriake Dickson

On Tuesday, the EFCC interrogated the former governor, who is now a senator representing Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, for hours over corruption allegations.

Posh properties not fully declared and alleged misappropriation of N32.5 billion funds belonging to Bayelsa State got former governor into trouble with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), according to a report by SaharaReporters.

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On Tuesday, the EFCC interrogated the former governor, who is now a senator representing Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, for hours over corruption allegations.

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Dickson presented himself to the EFCC following an invitation from the agency over allegations of abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds during his eight-year tenure as governor of Bayelsa State, according to SaharaReporters.

Between 2012 and 2020, Dickson served as the state’s governor.

From 2007 to 2011, he served in the House of Representatives for Bayelsa State’s Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, and from 2006 to 2007, he was the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

On Wednesday, SaharaReporters obtained details from a petition submitted to the EFCC by an NGO, asking the anti-graft agency to investigate Dickson’s declared assets.

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Dickson, for example, is suspected of having six posh properties worth £4,179,000 that he failed to fully disclose to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in his asset declaration forms.

He is also suspected of having investments in two foreign companies, both of which are operating under dubious conditions.

“In 2015, Dickson was accused by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of embezzling over N15 billion in donations received after the State was devastated by a flood in 2012.”

“The APC also claims that Governor Dickson stole N17.5 billion from the Bayelsa State to fund his governorship re-election campaign in 2019.” “Dickson denies the allegations,” the petition stated in part.

In its requests, the NGO requested that the EFCC examine “the Asset Declaration forms submitted by Dickson during his periods in office as Attorney General of Bayelsa State, Governor of the State, and as a member of the House of Representatives:

“To determine whether Dickson’s income and declared assets were sufficient to purchase the freeholds for 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold) and 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU, as well as 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 ownership of the above properties and correctly recorded their stated purchase prices, and if he did not, to take forfeiture action.”

“To ensure that Dickson’s interests in The Investments Limited (incorporated in the Seychelles) and The (incorporated in the United Kingdom) were properly recorded, and to take appropriate action if they were not.”

“To verify that whether Dickson managed or operated bank accounts associated with The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited (incorporated in the Seychelles) and The Seriake Dickson (incorporated in the ): and, if not, to take action.”

Other Assets, Foreign Assets

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

“Given that 171 Shirland Road has a charge in the name of a UK bank (Tab 12), The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited must have had a bank account to receive the loan.” This account was most likely in the Seychelles, where the company was registered, or in the United Kingdom, where the bank loan was taken out.

“A company called ‘The Seriake Dickson’ was incorporated on 22 February 2010 and dissolved on 4 October 2011, according to the UK company registry.” It was established as a not-for-profit corporation (a “company limited by guarantee”) with a registered office at 4 Levens Hall Drive, Westcroft, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK4 4FL. There were never any accounts filed. It’s also likely that the company had a UK bank account,” the document continued.

43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold); Flats A-D, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Leasehold); and 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU were among his UK properties listed.

43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX (Freehold), for example, was “valued at £2,000,000 as at March 2020” despite a purchase price of £800,000.

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

“The title deeds appoint Daniel Ford & Co of 35 Balfe Street, London N1 9EB as agent for The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited,” the statement continued. Daniel Ford & Co, a London-based estate agency, is accused of arranging the purchase of three London properties for former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, which have since been seized as proceeds of corruption.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly arrested the company’s co-owner, Adeyemi Edun, in December 2017 on suspicion of money laundering. Mr. Edun categorically denied any wrongdoing.

“Flats A-D, 43 Well Street, London, E9 7QX” is the address (Leasehold). The Seriake Dickson Trust holds the leasehold rights to Flats A-D, 43, Well Street, London, E9 7QX, according to the OCOD.

“Title deeds for Flat A (Title No: AGL256116), Flat B (Title No: AGL256114), Flat C (Title No: AGL256117), and Flat D (Title No: AGL256112), all downloaded from the UK ’s land registry portal (https://eservices. landregistry.gov.uk/) between 24 February 2020 and 23 March 2020, all record that leaseholds being purchased by ‘The S The Trust’s official London contact address is Daniel Ford &Co. (Tabs 6-9).

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

“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 2, 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.”

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

“171 Shirland Road, W9 2EU, London.” The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited owns the freehold rights to 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU, according to the OCOD.

“According to the deeds, The Seriake Dickson Investments Limited purchased the property on February 2, 2011 (during Dickson’s time in the House of Representatives).” It was stated that the purchase price was £1,370,000.

“The title deeds also show that FBN Bank has a charge against the property” (UK).

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

Dickson is also said to make money from rent, with a one-bedroom flat in the area where one of the properties is located fetching an estimated £1,357 per month.

“A similar search for 171 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EU reveals that the occupants appear to be unrelated to Dickson, implying that the house was rented.”

A one-bedroom flat in the area currently costs £1,581 per calendar month to rent.”

The petition also stated that “It is likely that the collection of any rents would have required a UK bank account,”

Dickson, however, said in a statement on Tuesday that he declared his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) several times before becoming governor.

“I understand that an NGO has filed a petition alleging that these investments (primarily buildings, plots, farms, and other real estate in my village, Orua, and Yenagoa, as well as two buy-to-let houses in the United Kingdom) were not declared. I have a responsibility to clarify these issues with the investigating authorities, who are mandated by law to look into these matters.

“However, let me state for the avoidance of doubts that my family investments, Seriake Dickson Trust Incorporated, were made between 1996 and 2012 before I became Governor,” he said.

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