I Want To Come Back To Nigeria To Face Trial, Diezani Tells Court To Try Her In Nigeria Not UK

at 02:32 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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The former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke on Tuesday pleaded with 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.  Diezani made the plea through an application filed on Tuesday, by one Obinna Onya, a lawyer from Abuja, who appeared before Justice Aikawa with an application seeking the joining of Diezani as one of the defendants in the charge.
 Diezani said she would like to appear in court in Nigeria to defend a criminal charge bordering on alleged laundering of N450m, where her name was mentioned.
 The main defendants in the charge are a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Dele Belgore; and a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman. Belgore and Suleiman were charged before Justice Rilwan Aikawa for allegedly collecting N450m from Diezani and laundering same in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.
 The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, which filed the charges, claimed that the N450m was part of a sum of $115m which Diezani allegedly doled out to compromise the 2015 general elections. The SAN and the professor were arraigned on five counts, wherein Diezani’s name was mentioned, but she was declared as being “at large.”
 Diezani's application seeking to be joined in the suit was filed pursuant to Section 36(1),(5),(6 (a)-(e) of the Constitution and sections 216 (1) (2) (3) (4); and 217 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, sought an amendment to the charges against Belgore and Suleiman, so as to join Diezani as one of the defendants.
 The lawyer contended that contrary to the declaration by the EFCC that Diezani was at large, the former minister was in the UK and was willing to return to Nigeria so that she could appear in court to take her plea and defend the charges..
 The lawyer argued that since Diezani’s name had been mentioned in the charge, it would be against her right to 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 (Diezani) is going to be convicted without being given the opportunity to defend herself,” Onya told Justice Aikawa. 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.”
 Onya urged Justice Aikawa 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 had yet to be served.
 However, Onya told the court that he had attempted to serve Oyedepo on Tuesday morning on 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.
But Oyedepo advised him to go and serve the application at the registry of the EFCC, assuring him that the application would be accepted. Responding, Justice Aikawa said the court could not entertain the application until all the parties had been properly served. Meanwhile, the trial proceeded with the second witness for the EFCC, Usman Zakari, continuing his testimony. Through the witness, Oyedepo tendered two letters written to the EFCC in relation to the case Standard Charted Bank Nigeria Limited and Guaranty Trust Bank.
 The court admitted the two letters as exhibits in evidence against the defendants.
However, Oyedepo’s attempt to tender a trail of electronic mail communication between Diezani and the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank was resisted by the defence counsel, Mr. Ebun Shofunde (SAN) and Olatunji Ayanlaja (SAN).
 They contended that the document was not admissible as, according to them, it did not meet the requirement of the Evidence Act. Oyedepo sought an adjournment to counter the objection by the defence. Justice Aikawa adjourned till Wednesday, October 4 for continuation of trial. In the charges, Sulaiman, a professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Abuja; and Belgore, a former governorship aspirant in Kwara State, were accused of conspiring between themselves to commit the offence on March 27, 2015. The duo were accused of making a cash transaction of N450m on March 27, 2015, without going through any financial institution.
 But they pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. ‎
ruthie at 02:50 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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NEVER...LET HER BE TRIED THERE...EVIL WITCH..SO SHE WANTS TO BRIBE HER WAY OUT OF IT OR GET SHORTER SENTENCES ABI... CONVICT HER ASAP
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Wazubia at 02:57 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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una still live this woman on lose? she suppose to be in jail.
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BournIdentity at 03:02 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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Shocked NobsmallTin                                                     
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osarobo62 at 03:43 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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Quote by PETSAN in the Punch online • 2 hours ago

1. Madam is brought to Nigeria
2. She appoints Ozeikhome as her lawyer
3. AGF office and EFCC do battle on who will handle her multiple cases
4. AGF office prepares case papers, EFFC handles prosecution.
5. Judges in charge of the cases do thanksgiving in their churches. It's harvest time!
6. Madam reaches all judges,up to Supreme Court.
7. Cases collapse like a pack of cards. Madam is free.
8. AGF and EFCC trade blames on who is to blame.
9. AGF says FG will appeal, but like Saraki's case, nothing happens.
10. Everybody smiles to the bank.
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Aniagain at 03:50 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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Nooo! She shud be tried there o, Ibori's case is still fresh in our minds, if she dare come to Naija, na freedom tins o

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SOGaiya at 03:53 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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[/font]ok lets see wat happen next
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crocatum at 03:55 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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Quote from: osarobo62 on 03:43 PM,  3 Oct 17
Quote by PETSAN in the Punch online • 2 hours ago

1. Madam is brought to Nigeria
2. She appoints Ozeikhome as her lawyer
3. AGF office and EFCC do battle on who will handle her multiple cases
4. AGF office prepares case papers, EFFC handles prosecution.
5. Judges in charge of the cases do thanksgiving in their churches. It's harvest time!
6. Madam reaches all judges,up to Supreme Court.
7. Cases collapse like a pack of cards. Madam is free.
8. AGF and EFCC trade blames on who is to blame.
9. AGF says FG will appeal, but like Saraki's case, nothing happens.
10. Everybody smiles to the bank.


makes sense, she has already calculated.
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victorstic1 at 04:30 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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EVERYTHING DON CHANGE BEFORE IF U CATCH A THIEF U WANT TO TAKE TO POLICE STATION HE WILL BE BEGGNG BUT NOW FOR FEAR OF JUNGLE JUSTICE THIEF WILL BE THE ONE CALLING POLICE; BEFORE THIS WOMAN WILL BE AFRAID TO COME TO NAIJA IF SUCH CASE HAPPEN NOW SHE IS BEGGING TO COME TO NAIJA AND LEAVE LONDON:I CAN FEEL THE CHANGE BUHARI IS TALKING ABOUT
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officynero at 05:20 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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God's watching
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ejikeiyo at 06:28 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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WASTED GENERATION
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fineboy77 at 06:30 PM, 3 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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This bad Ijaw woman still dey flex freedom
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teral at 06:54 AM, 4 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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SHE WANT TO BRIBE  HER WAY OUT  YOU ARE A CRIMINAL. 
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Otikadinje at 08:00 AM, 4 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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She don do her permutations wella Grin

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kacylee at 08:07 AM, 4 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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mama remain there and serve ur jail then u come to Naija and face another trial for ur crimes
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kixme at 09:26 AM, 4 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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 Roll Eyes na dey style you want to use annd pick the remaining money and valuables you left in naija?
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abati666 at 09:14 PM, 4 Oct 17 (1 month ago)
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My fellow Nigerians
Please do not let this BITCH leave UK. If she goes to Nigeria, she would be a free woman. Nigerian Lawyers and the Judges are all corrupt. She would be a free woman in no time. I beg you please let her stand trial here in UK where the whole world will know what she has done. This BITCH is EVIL.....And she must face the crimes she has commited. Nigeria is a place where the rule of law is unjust. The whole legal system is unfair and unjust. Let this BITCH face the UK law system.
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