Alleged Fraud: Absence Of Alison-Madueke Stalls Arraignment
So, the embattled former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke was supposed to be arraigned before an FCT High Court on Monday.
But she was obviously absent, stalling the arraignment on five-count charge bordering on fraud.
The ex-minister, who is now based in the UK is charged alongside former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, Olajide Omokore.
Justice Valentine Ashi has fixed Monday for the arraignment of the two defendants, having issued bench warrant for the arrest of the Alison-Madueke earlier.
Mr Faruk Abdullahi, Counsel to the EFCC told the court that the arraignment would not hold as Alison-Madueke and her co-accused were not in court.
Abdullahi explained that the EFCC had forwarded a request to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) for onward commencement of Alison-Madueke’s repatriation process from the United Kingdom.
He said the absence of the second defendant, (Omokore) was linked to the commission’s inability to serve him with the court’s processes.
The prosecutor, therefore, prayed the court for further adjournment to enable the team tidy up its house.
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