Court Okays EFCC’s Move to Prosecute Diezani

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been granted leave by a A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court to arraign former Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, and Olajide Omokore, a former chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, on February 25.

Alison-Madueke and Omokore are to be arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.

The trial judge, Valentine Ashi, granted the EFCC leave after the prosecution counsel, Faruk Abdullahi, told the court that while investigations were ongoing, the former minister left the country and is currently in the UK, TheCable writes.

The suspects are to be arraigned for allegedly accepting and giving a gift of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.

According to the EFCC, the alleged offence contravened the provisions of sections 26(1) and 17 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

Mr Abdullahi said that upon invitation by the EFCC, Alison-Madueke refused to honour the invitation. He said there is a process in place to ensure she comes back to face trial.

On November 11, the EFCC confirmed that the process to bring back Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom had begun.

Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had earlier urged the federal government to have her repatriated to Nigeria to face corruption charges levelled against her.

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