Court Grants EFCC Permission To Prosecute Diezani
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC says it now has the freedom to prosecute Nigeria’s former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
On Monday, an FCT High Court, Apo granted the EFCC leave to arraign Alison-Madueke, and a former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, Olajide Omokore, on February 25, 2019.
Alison-Madueke and Omokore are to be arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratification.
Trial judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, granted the EFCC leave, after the prosecution counsel, Faruk Abdullahi told the court that while investigations were on going, the former minister left the country and is currently in the UK.
Justice Ashi, also ordered the EFCC to put its house in order.
He alleged that Alison–Madueke refused to honour an invitation by the EFCC to appear at the commission.
The suspects are to be arraigned for allegedly accepting and giving gift of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.
The EFCC said the alleged offence, contravened the provisions of Sections 26(1) and 17 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
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