Court Strikes Out Fraud Charge Against Diezani
Respite seems to be coming the way of embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of an Abuja Federal High struck out the eighth-count after hearing an application filed by Diezani, claiming that she was indicted in the particular count, but was not availed the opportunity to defend herself.
The co-accused in the case include: Omokore, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.
Other defendants are a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Victor Briggs; a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abiye Membere; and a former Manager, Planning and Commercial of the NNPC, David Mbanefo.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had instituted nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn alleged to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government, against Omokore and six others.