The woman in the eye of storm, Diezani Alison-Madueke, may still be untouchable despite being hounded by the ant-graft agency.

Her lawyer reportedly prevented the investigative team of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from interrogating her in the United Kingdom.

She has been staying there 2015 when investigation into her time as minister of petroleum resources began.

The commission stated in a counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, that it had been investigating the ex-minister for various allegations of corrupt practices, including abuse of office, money laundering, stealing of public funds and illegal acquisition of properties within and outside Nigeria.

But EFCC stated that its efforts to interrogate her over the allegations were fruitless as her lawyer, John Binns of BCL Solicitors, refused to allow the commission’s team of investigators, led by Abdulrasheed Bawa, to meet with her in the UK earlier in March this year.

The EFCC’s counter-affidavit was in response to a motion filed by the former minister, seeking an amendment to the heading of the charges filed against a businessman, Olajide Omokore, and five others by adding her name to the list of defendants.

A detective with the commission, Rufai Zaki, who deposed to the EFCC’s counter-affidavit, added that it is not yet possible to bring the former minister back to Nigeria as she was being investigated by the UK’s Metropolitan Police for several other financial crimes.


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