A luxurious Manhattan apartment previously owned by an on-the-run Nigerian billionaire is up for sale for $11million less than he bought it for.
According to DailyMail, the disgraced Nigerian energy businessman Kolawole ‘Kola’ Aluko, 48, bought Apartment 79 in the One57 building in 2014 for $51.9million.
And now as he tries to evade authorities – the penthouse apartment is now up for sale for just $39.9million.
The seller is apparently anxious to get rid of the property – as it is listed by a ‘MOTIVATED SELLER!!!’
The property was supposed to be sold at a foreclosure auction in July.
However, that sale fell through for an unknown reason and it has now been put back on the market by a ‘motivated seller’.
The 6,240 square foot apartment is described as a four bed, four-and-a-half bathroom penthouse with stunning views of Central Park, the Hudson and East rivers, the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty.
It is described as a ‘once in a lifetime investment opportunity’ as it’s the ‘last remaining full floor residence at Manhattan’s New Crown Jewel, One 57 Condominium.
Aluko bought the sprawling penthouse for $51.9million in 2014, but in less than a year later however he was forced to take out a $35.5million mortgage from Banque Havilland in Luxembourg to help pay for the apartment.
When the owner failed to pay the loan back a year later, the bank took possession of the 6,420-square-foot apartment, according to court documents.
‘The home was in foreclosure, but it is now being sold by a third party as an alternative to foreclosure,’ a source close to the property told the New York Post.
Aluko has been accused of making money by bribing Nigeria’s oil Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, in a $1.76billion dollar scheme to defraud the country’s oil sale profits.
The justice department lawsuit claims that Aluko and one other laundered money by purchasing $144million in properties including the penthouse and yatch, where he is thought to be hiding out to evade arrest.
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Aluko is currently under investigation for alleged money-laundering crimes in Nigeria and Europe.
He was last seen in Hong Kong and May and his yacht is currently in the Bahamas.
In 2014 a Nigerian court tried to freeze his assets – including the jaw-dropping penthouse, but never found him to serve papers.