Alison-Madueke Gave Olajumoke Akinjide, Others N650 Million For 2015 Elections

A witness in the ongoing trail of former minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, on Friday has revealed that Akinjide was given the sum of N650 million by former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The witness Usman Zakari, told Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, that Ms. Akinjide and others received N650 million in the build-up to the 2015 general election.

Ms. Akinjide alongside Ayo Adeseun and a Peoples Democratic (PDP) stalwart, Olanrewaju Otiti, were re-arraigned on January 16 on an amended 24-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N650 million.

They were alleged to have received the money from a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the build-up to the 2015 general election.

The money was part of the $115 million allegedly disbursed by Mrs. Alison- Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.

In his testimony at Friday’s sitting, Mr. Zakari, who is an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) told the court how the commission had received what he described as “classified category A intelligence report’’ against the defendants in a case of money laundering to the tune of N650m late 2014.

He further told the court that there was a meeting, sometime in 2015, at the residence of Mrs. Alison-Madueke, in which the managing director of a new generation bank and some oil marketers were in attendance.

Mr. Zakari also told the court that it was during the meeting that Mrs. Alison-Madueke informed the bank chief that some oil marketers and other individuals would lodge some foreign currencies in his bank on her behalf.

“Upon receipt of the intelligence report against the defendants, information was sent to the Special Taskforce Team 4, where I head, for analysis and further investigation.

“We then sent letters of investigation activities and letters of invitation to the banks and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Oyo State.

“The letters of invitation was also extended to the defendants,” he added.

Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness also told the court that in the course of investigations, it was discovered that Allison-Madueke, three oil marketers and some individuals held a meeting on December 2014, adding that “after the meeting, Alison-Madueke told the bank executive that three oil companies would pay some dollars to his bank.

“The companies are: Acuts Intergrated Limited, which paid $17.8m; Northern Belt Oil/Gas Company, which paid $60m; Med-western Oil Services Limited, which paid $9.5m dollars and one A. Williams, who paid $1.8m.”

The witness said his findings showed that three oil marketers and individuals paid $89 million, while the aides to Alison-Madueke made available $25 million in suite cases, totalling $115 million, which he said were housed in the bank.

“Alison-Madueke, on March 26, 2015, ordered the bank to convert the said $115 million, which was equivalent to N23 billion – the bank complied.

“After the conversion, she directed the bank to pay the sum of N650 million to the 1st and 2nd defendant and one Yinka Taiwo through her son, Ogbonna Madueke.

“Findings revealed that the first and second defendants and one Yinka Taiwo went to one of the bank branches in Oyo and signed the receipt for the payment of N650 million. They took the money to the residence of the 1st defendant and made the payment of N650 million, without following any financial institution,” he added.

The defence team led by Bolaji Ayorinde, objected to the evidence of the witness on the grounds that he did not attend the meeting between Mrs. Alison-Madueke, oil marketers and the individuals.

They told the court that the evidence of the witness did not relate to the charge against the defendants, adding that it was unconstitutional.

“He can only give evidence of taking possession of N650 million not $115m because it was not mentioned in the charge against the defendants, ” they said.

Mr. Ayorinde prayed the court not to use the evidence by the witness to form part of court records ‘‘because all his evidence was hear-say rather than direct evidence.’’

In his response, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that the evidence of the PW2 was the finding of his investigation, which could not amount to hear-say.

“My Lord, a charge against the defendants cannot be bad because the charge did not contain all the particulars given as evidence by the witness,” he added.

Mr. Oyedepo, therefore, prayed the court to admit the evidence of the witness.

Justice Hassan adjourned the case to March 23 and April 9 for continuation of hearing

 

 

Court Orders Forfeiture Of Diezani’s Penthouses

A Lagos Federal High Court has ordered for the final forfeiture of two penthouses linked to former Petroleum Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.

This forfeiture was ordered on the 28th February, 2018.

Recall that the Presiding judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun on December 5, 2017, ordered an interim forfeiture of the properties after an exparte (without notice) application, was filed and argued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s, EFCC, legal officer, Anslem Osioko.

Listed as respondents in the said application marked FHC/L/CS/1793c/17, were Alison-Madueke, Donald Amagbo, Schillenburg LLC and Sequoyah Properties Ltd.

The court on Dec. 5, 2017, ordered interim forfeiture of the following properties:
“Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, 11 floor, Bella Vista, Banana Island, Ikoyi and Penthouse 22, Block B (Admiralty “Estate) also in Ikoyi, be forfeited to the Federal Government, pending the conclusion of EFCC investigation’’.

When the case was mentioned on Wednesday, EFCC legal officer, Mr Anzlem Ozioko appeared for EFCC while Mr Emmanuel Bassey, appeared for the second, third, and fourth respondents.

Addressing the court, Ozioko told the court that he had a motion on notice brought pursuant to the provisions of the EFCC Act, the 1999 Constitution, as well as under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

He urged the court to order a final forfeiture of the properties listed in the schedule of application filed before the court.

Relying on the depositions in the affidavit deposed to by EFCC operative,Abdulrasheed Bawa, Ozioko submitted that it was now pertinent for a final forfeiture order to be made, following the interim orders made on December 5, 2017.

He told the court that in compliance with the earlier orders of the court, the interim orders were advertised in the Nation Newspaper of December 20, 2017.

He urged the court to order the said properties to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria and an order, prohibiting any disposal mortgage or sale of the said properties mentioned in the application.

Besides, Ozioko also urged the court to authorise the EFCC to appoint a competent person or firm to manage the properties.

In response, counsel to the respondents, Bassey, told the court that he had filed a counter-affidavit before the court and was not opposed to the application for final forfeiture.

In her ruling, Olatoregun granted the orders as prayed, and ordered a final forfeiture of the said properties.

“I have observed the facts and exhibits attached and I am also mindful that the second, third and fourth respondents have no objections to the application.

“I therefore, have no hesitation in ordering a final forfeiture of the properties to the Federal Government,” she ruled.

In its affidavit, the commission stated that during investigation into the ownership of YF Construction Development and Real Estate Ltd., one Fadi Basbous, volunteered extra-judicial statement.

He said that Basbous stated that the two properties which were sold at 3.6 million dollars and 1.2 million dollars respectively, were owned by Sequoyah Properties Ltd., and Schillenburg LLC.

The deponent also stated that payments for the penthouses were made by one Angela Jide-Jones and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd., respectively.

The deponent further stated that Angela Jide-Jones is the wife of Jide Omokore, while Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd., was registered in the name of Jide Omokore.

The deponent also stated that Jide Omokore paid for the properties through his wife and one of his companies and directed its developers to sign the agreements with Schillenburg LLC and Sequoyah Properties Ltd, which were linked to Alison-Madueke.

He said that Schillenburg LLC was registered in Hongkong and transferred to Donald Chidi Amamgbo as sole owner.

According to the deponent, Sequoyah Properties Ltd., was registered in Nigeria on Oct. 11, 2011 with fictitious names as shareholders and directors

 

Court Orders Final Forfeiture Of Penthouses Linked To Allison-Madueke

A Federal High Court on Wednesday in Lagos ordered final forfeiture of two penthouses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

On December 5, 2017, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun ordered an interim forfeiture of the properties after an ex parte (without notice) application was argued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

EFCC’s application, marked FHC/L/CS/1793c/17, has as respondents Alison-Madueke, Donald Amagbo, Schillenburg LLC and Sequoyah Properties Ltd.

The court had, on December 5, 2017, ordered an interim forfeiture of the following properties: “Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, 11 floor, Bella Vista, Banana Island, Ikoyi and Penthouse 22, Block B (Admiralty Estate) also in Ikoyi, be forfeited to the Federal Government, pending the conclusion of investigation.”

When the case was called up on Wednesday, Mr. ABC Ozioko announced appearance for the EFCC, while Mr. Emmanuel Bassey appeared for the second, third, and fourth respondents.

Addressing the court, Ozioko informed the court that he had a motion on notice brought pursuant to the provisions of the EFCC Act, the 1999 Constitution as well as under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

He urged the court to order a final forfeiture of the properties listed in the schedule.

Relying on the depositions in the affidavit deposed to by one Abdulrasheed Bawa, Ozioko argued that it was now pertinent for a final forfeiture order to be made, following the interim orders made on December 5, 2017.

He informed court that in compliance with the earlier orders of the court, the interim orders were advertised in The Nation newspaper of December 20, 2017.

He urged the court to cause the said properties to be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government and an order prohibiting any disposal mortgage or sale of the said properties mentioned in the application.

Besides, Ozioko also urged the court to authorise the EFCC to appoint a competent person or firm to manage the properties.

In response, counsel to the respondents, Bassey, informed the court that he had filed a counter-affidavit before the court and was not opposed to the application for final forfeiture.

In a short ruling, Olatoregun granted the orders as prayed, and ordered a final forfeiture of same.

“I have observed the facts and exhibits attached and I am also mindful that the second, third and fourth respondents have no objections to the application.

“I, therefore, have no hesitation in ordering a final forfeiture of the properties to the Federal Government,” she ruled.

In its affidavit, the commission stated that during investigations into the ownership of YF Construction Development and Real Estate Ltd., one Fadi Basbous volunteered extra-judicial statement.

He said that Basbous stated that the two properties which were sold at $3.6m and $1.2m respectively, were owned by Sequoyah Properties Ltd. and Schillenburg LLC.

The deponent also stated that payments for the penthouses were made by one Angela Jide-Jones and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd., respectively.

The deponent further stated that Angela Jide-Jones is the wife of Jide Omokore, while Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd., was registered in the name of Jide Omokore.

The deponent also stated that Jide Omokore paid for the properties through his wife and one of his companies and directed its developers to sign the agreements with Schillenburg LLC and Sequoyah Properties Ltd, which were linked to Alison-Madueke.

He said that Schillenburg LLC was registered in Hongkong and transferred to Donald Chidi Amamgbo as sole owner.

According to the deponent, Sequoyah Properties Ltd., was registered in Nigeria on October 11, 2011 with fictitious names as shareholders and directors. (NAN)

EFCC Uncovers $1.3 Billion Transferred From NNPC Account On Jonathan’s Order

In the never ending battle against corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have uncovered another withdrawal of $1.3 billion made by former Petroleum minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke on the directive of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The money which was removed from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was neither authorized by the National Assembly nor the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is also believed to be unaware of the deductions.

Diezani Alison-Madueke is reported to have only relied on a memo from ex-President Goodluck Jonathan without recourse to the board of the NNPC.

A former Group Executive Director, Finance and Accounts of NNPC, Mr. Bernard Otti, has been quizzed by the EFCC over the money.

Otti is said to have also made available to the EFCC some documents, including approvals to withdraw the $1.3 billion by Mrs Alison-Madueke.

In two other instances, Jonathan wrote on two other requests mandating the former minister to take part of the cash from either NNPC Security Vote Account or from the “Gas Fund”.

According to reports, the cash was to fight kidnapping and other security threats in the Niger Delta, according to The Nation.

 

Diezani Alison-Madueke Loses More Properties

A Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday ordered a temporary forfeiture of two properties valued at $4.7 million (about N1.5 billion) allegedly belonging to Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Petroleum Minister.

The judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, ruled that the properties – Penthouse 21 building 5, Block C, 11th floor (Bella Vista Estate) Banana Island, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 22, Block B (Admiralty Estate) also in Ikoyi, Lagos, be forfeited to the Federal Government pending the conclusion of investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission into the ownership of the properties which it reasonably believes were procured with proceeds of crime.

The judge’s decision came months after multi-billion naira properties and funds running into millions of dollars allegedly linked to the former minister were forfeited to the Nigerian government.

Recall that on August 7, a federal judge ordered the permanent forfeiture of a $37.5 million property on Banana Island, Lagos, allegedly belonging to Mrs. Alison-Madueke. Two weeks later, another court ordered an interim forfeiture of 56 houses valued at over N3 billion allegedly bought by the former minister between 2011 and 2013.

On August 28, a judge ordered the permanent forfeiture of N7.6 billion suspected to belong to the ex-minister. In September, there was another forfeiture proceeding on four properties in Lagos, Abuja, and Rivers State involving Mrs. Alison-Madeke.

In the latest ex-parte application for the forfeiture of two properties, the EFCC listed Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Donald Amagbo, Schillenburg LLC, and Sequoyah Property Limited, as respondents.

Anselm Ozioko, the EFCC counsel, also asked the court for an order prohibiting any disposal, conveyance, mortgage, lease or sale of the properties as well as an order authorising the commission to appoint a competent person or firm to manage them.

 

EFCC: Charge Against Diezani, Belgore, Suleiman Amended

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has referred to the Former Petroleum Minister Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke in a new charge as being “at large”.

The commission amended the charge filed against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr Dele Belgore and former National Planning Minister Prof Abubakar Suleiman.

Belgore and Suleiman, who were arraigned on February 8, are on trial before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos.

In the nine-count amended charge, EFCC accused Alison-Madueke, Belgore and Suleiman of making cash payment of N10million to Kwara State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Dr Emmanuel Onucheyo.

The commission said they also paid N10million to a Commissioner of Police Garba Saliu.

According to EFCC, the defendants allegedly made the payments on March 27, 2015 without going through a financial institution.

The sums, the commission said, exceeded the amount authorised by law and violated Sections 1(a) and 16 (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act of 2012 and punishable under Section 16 (2) (b).

The defendants were accused of making cash payment of N61,656,000 to Isa Biu on the same day, exceeding what is authorised by law.

EFCC said they also paid N87,962,000 to Sola Adeoti and Hajiya Dankaka on the same day “without going through a financial institution.”

The prosecution, as in the previous charge, accused the defendants of violating the Money Laundering Act by dealing in excess cash without going through a financial institution.

EFCC said they “directly took possession of the sum N450million,” adding that they “reasonably ought to have known [that the money] forms part of the proceeds of unlawful act.”

It also accused them of “indirectly” using the sum of N450million on March 27, 2015, and of making cash payment of N450million, which exceeded the amount authorised by law.

According to the commission, Mrs Alison-Madueke, Belgore and Sulieman, on the same day, made cash payment of N50million to one Sheriff Shagaya, an amount in excess of what the law allowed.

Count one of the charge reads: “That you Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke (still at large), Muhammad Dele Belgore and Prof Abubakar Sulaiman on or about the 27th day of March in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired amongst yourselves to directly take possession of the sum of N450,000,000, which sum you reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of unlawful act and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15 (3) and (4) of the same Act.”

The amended charge is dated November 22 and signed by Rotimi Oyedepo. Belgore and Suleiman are expected to be re-arraigned tomorrow.

 

Diezani Forced Jonathan To Sack Me- Stella Oduah

Former Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, has accused former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani-Alison Madueke for being the reason ex-President Goodluck Jonathan sacked her.

She made the claim in an upcoming book, ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’, written by the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bolaji Abdullahi, who also served under Jonathan.

According to Oduah, Jonathan called her to explain herself after the news about the $1.6million BMW armored cars bought for her by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) was reported.

She revealed that Alison-Madueke and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, were present at the meeting.

“I thought she had my back. I did not know at the time that she was actually fuelling it and orchestrating all the media attacks,” she told Abdullahi.

“I knew all along that Diezani could not deal with having another female around who had the kind of access I had to the president. But she went too far.

“She thought I was the one who leaked the issue of private jet that put her into trouble with the House of Representatives (Diezani was accused of spending N10 billion on chartered jets). For her it was payback time.”

“Diezani was paying people to keep the story alive. At the same time, she was whispering in [the president’s] ears that he had to take action,” Oduah said.

 

 

Just In: Court Orders Permanent Forfeiture Of Diezani’s N3b Property To FG

Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka of a Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses situated in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja valued at $21, 982, 224 (about N3.3 billion) allegedly linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke to the Federal Government.

 

The houses were allegedly bought between 2011 and 2013 by the former minister from proceeds of suspected unlawful activity during her tenure in office.

 

The forfeited property includes: 21 mixed housing units of 8 numbers of four bedroom penthouse apartment; six numbers of three bedroom apartments; two numbers of three bedroom apartment and one number of four bedroom apartment, all ensuite and located at 7, Thurnburn Street and 5 Raymond Street, Yaba, valued at N937 million and bought through Chapel Properties Ltd.

 

Others are: 16 numbers of four bedroom terrace, located at Heritage Court Estate, Omerelu Street, Diobu GRA, Port Harcourt, River States, valued at N928 million and bought through Blue Nile Estate Ltd; 13 numbers of 3 bedroom with one room maid’s quarter, situated at Mabushi Gardens Estate, Plot 1205, Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi, Abuja, valued at N650 million and bought through Azinga Meadows Ltd and six flats of three bedroom and one boys quarter, located at Plot 808 (135) Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, valued at N805 million and bought through Vistapoint property Development Ltd.

 

The order made on Wednesday was sequal to the granting of a motion by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking the permanent forfeiture of the property.

 

The motion was brought pursuant to Section 17 of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14, 2006, Section 44 (2) (B) of the Constitution and the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

 

The anti-graft agency while urging the court to grant the motion argued that the property sought to be attached are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

 

Having listened to the submissions of EFCC’s lawyer, Anselem Ozioko, Justice Anka granted the motion as prayed.

In granting the motion, the judge noted that there was no response to the applicant’s motion on notice for final forfeiture by any of the respondents despite been served with the hearing notice.

 

“I have gone through the affidavit attached to a motion for final forfeiture as well as the submissions of the EFCC’s counsel, A. B. C. Ozioko. The court has no option considering the incontrovertible evidence filed by the EFCC than to grant the application. The motion for final forfeiture is accordingly granted as prayed. All parties have a right of appeal”, Justice Anka held.

 

The judge had on August 22 while granting an ex-parte application filed by the EFCC ordered the interim forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government.

 

In granting the application, the judge directed the anti-graft agency to publicize the order in a national daily. He also authorized the commission to appoint a firm to manage the property and gave the respondents two weeks to show cause why the property should not be permanently forfeited to the government.

 

Joined as respondents in the suit are: Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke (1st respondent), Donald Chidi Amamgbo (2nd respondent), Chapel Properties Limited (3rd respondent), Blue Nile Estate Limited (4th respondent), Azinga Meadows Limited (5th respondent) and Vistapoint Property Development Limited (6th respondent)

 

FG To Alison-Madueke: Face Your Corruption Trial In UK

Nigerian Government on Wednesday replied the embattled former minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke seeking extradition from UK, to face her corruption trial in the United Kingdom.

It will be recalled that Diezani had urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to compel the Attorney General of the Federation to bring her back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom where she travelled to shortly after leaving office in 2015.

She said she would like to appear in court in Nigeria to defend a criminal charge bordering on alleged laundering of N450 million in which her name had been mentioned.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday, Minister of Justice and Attorney – General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami said there was no need to repatriate Diezani now since the UK government is already investigating her on issues bordering on corruption.

He hinged his argument on the premise that there is an existing understanding between Nigeria and other countries, especially the United Kingdom, on the recovery of stolen funds.

He said Diezani is already facing charges of money laundering and acquisition of properties in the United Kingdom and so it is important to face the charges there than for her to come as a mere witness in a case in Nigeria.

The AGF said, “The truth of the matter is that the government is doing something, especially on issues of corruption and litigation in Nigeria and outside the country.

“Considering the fact that there is an existing understanding between Nigeria and other countries, especially United Kingdom, on the recovery of stolen funds, you cannot say government is not doing anything.

“The truth of the matter is that steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bothering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians. If Nigeria feels strongly that there is need to bring Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, government will not hesitate to do that.

“As things are now, there is no need for that since the U.K. government is already investigating her and government will not take any decision that will jeopardize what the U.K. government is doing”.

 

I’m Ready To Face Corruption Charges Against Me – Alison-Madueke

Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum, has expressed her desire to return to Nigeria to testify in a corruption case she is being joined as a defendant.

Other defendants are Dele Belgore, senior advocate, and Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, ex-Minister of National Planning.

Alison Madueke has been the UK since after leaving the office in 2015.

She is believed to have been barred from leaving the UK where she is also being investigated for money laundering.

On Tuesday, her lawyer said that she would like to appear in court in Nigeria to defend the multiple allegations of crime bordering on money laundering of over N450 million, wherein her name was mentioned.

Obinna Onya, Mrs. Alison Madueke’s lawyer, stated these at a court case instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that $115 million was doled out by the former minister in an attempt to compromise the 2015 general elections.

In this particular suit, a former minister of national planning, Abubakar Suleiman, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore, ‎are being prosecuted for allegedly receiving N450 million from Mrs. Alison-Madueke prior to the 2015 elections.

Mr. Onya contended that contrary to the declaration by the EFCC that the former minister was at large, she was in the UK. The lawyer also said that his client was willing to return to Nigeria so that she could appear in court to take her plea and defend herself against the charges.

He argued that since his client’s name had been mentioned in the charge, it would be against her right to a fair hearing for the case to proceed without affording her the opportunity to defend herself.

“The statement made by the prosecution means that the applicant is going to be convicted without being given the opportunity to defend herself,” Mr. Onya told the court.

The application prayed for an order “mandating the Attorney-General of the Federation, being the agent of the complainant, to facilitate the prompt appearance of the applicant in court on the next adjourned date, to take her plea and to defend the allegations made against her in counts 1, 2,3 and 4 of the charge, numbered FHC/L/35c/2017.”

Mr. Onya urged the judge to hear and determine the application before proceeding with the case on Tuesday.

But the prosecuting counsel for the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, opposed him, saying the application was not ripe for hearing as he was yet to be served.

Mr. Onya told the court that he had attempted to serve Mr. Oyedepo on Tuesday morning at the court premises but that the prosecutor declined, adding that his effort to serve the application at the EFCC office on Friday was also frustrated.

Responding, the judge, Rilwan Aikawa said the court could not entertain the application for Mr. Alsion-Maduekwe to be brought back to Nigeria to defend herself until all the parties had been properly served.

The case was adjourned to October 4 for the continuation of trial.

It would be recalled that a group led by Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly boy, recently asked that the former minister is extradited.

Ibrahim Magu, the acting EFCC boss, in September also said there were moves to bring back the former minister to the country. He said, “I want you to know that nobody will go unpunished. We are even seeking to extradite Diezani, but investigations are still ongoing.”

Mrs. Alison-Madueke is in the United Kingdom where she is believed to be receiving treatment for cancer and is also being investigated for money laundering.

Apart from the alleged INEC bribery case, she has also been mentioned in several corruption scandals and properties worth billions of Naira seized from her.

Protesters Storm EFCC Office To Demand Diezani’s Repatriation

There is a protest going on in Abuja office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) organised by the controversial musician, Charly Boy under a hashtag #BringBackDiezani.

The protesters are demanding the repatriation of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke to Nigeria.

She has been accused of committing monumental corruption while she was in office.

Some of her properties have been permanently seized by the Federal government in the recent time.

‘Nigeria must repatriate former oil minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke or help the British jail her’, says Adeyanju Deji, the co-convener of the group ‬