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FCT High Court, yesterday Monday, granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leave to arraign former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and a former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, Olajide Omokore, on February 25, 2019.

FCT High Court, yesterday Monday, granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leave to arraign former Petroleum Minister, Diezani 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 charges bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications. 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.. 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, adding that on invitation by the EFCC, the former Minister refused to honour the invitation but all process are set in place to ensure she comes back to face trial. The counsel for the second defendant, Tayo Adeniyo SAN, told the court that his client was not served with the charges and his client was ready to clear his name. It would be recalled that on Nov. 11, the EFCC confirmed that the process to bring back a former Minister of Petroleum, Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom has begun.
Acting spokesman of the Commission, Tony Orilade, disclosed this but said that the action had to be processed through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, explaining that it was not something the Commission could commence and conclude on its own. “It is ongoing. Within the next few weeks, the extent to which we have gone will be made known to the public. “It is not a fresh case; it is not a fresh petition that is just being looked into; the whole process is a total package. “This request to have Mrs Alison-Madueke repatriated to Nigeria is just an aspect of Diezani's investigation and commencement of trial,” he said. In 2017, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of N7.6bn alleged loot recovered from the former minister to the Federal Government. Justice Abdulazeez Anka granted an application by the EFCC seeking the final forfeiture of the money to the government.
Granting the application, the judge had said: “I have read the motion on notice seeking the final forfeiture of the sum of N7.6bn reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.
“I have also gone through the affidavit in support of the application. “In the circumstances, I am of the view that the application has merit and is hereby granted as prayed. Parties have a right of appeal.”
In October, 2017, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had said that Nigeria had no immediate plan to bring Alison-Madueke back home to face trial. Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had urged the Federal Government to have her repatriated to Nigeria to face corruption charges against her. Similarly, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has traced properties worth N5 billion to former Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, who is currently standing trial for graft.
The properties are located at No. 8 and 9 Gobarau Road Unguwan Rimi GRA Kaduna State.
Preliminary investigations, according to a statement signed by Tony Orilade, acting head, media and publicity, EFCC, on Monday said the properties were purchased from New Capital Properties Limited, a subsidiary of Northern Nigerian Development Company, NNDC, Kaduna. It was gathered that the EFCC on May 7, 2018 filed 12 count charges against Jang for an alleged fraud of about N6.3 billion. A serving senator representing Plateau-North Senatorial District, Jang is being prosecuted before a Plateau State High Court for allegedly embezzling funds released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The former governor is also said to have abused his office as the governor by collecting money to the tune of N4.3 billion from the state coffers through the cashier of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Yusuf Pam. One of the charges revealed that the former governor allegedly diverted N2 billion released by the CBN for disbursement to Small and Medium Enterprises in the state under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Funds, just a month before the expiration of his tenure in April 2015.

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