UPDATE! EFCC Blocks Ex-Minister Of Petroleum, Alison-Madueke's Offer To Return To Nigeria For Trial

Published 2 years ago by: onuigbo felicia
at 12:47 PM, 21/09/2017 (2 years ago)

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday, successfully blocked an attempt by embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to return to Nigeria from London to face trial.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke had fled to London shortly after she left office in May 2015, and has stayed away from the country since then.
She later became an object of interest to the UK National Crime Agency which has since then being investigating her for corruption and money laundering. Already some assets linked to her in that country have been frozen.
Those familiar with the matter say she is barred from travelling out of the UK while the investigation lasts.
But it now appears the former minister is tired of staying in the UK, and now wants to return to Nigeria, where she is also being investigated for massive corruption.
As part of the plot, she recently filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to be joined as defendant in the trial of businessman Jide Omokore.
Mr. Omokore, chairman, Atlantic Energy Brass Development and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept, is facing a nine-count charge along with Victor Briggs, a former Managing Director, National Petroleum Development Company; Abiye Membere, a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production at the NNPC, and David Mbanefo, a former Manager, Planning and Commercial at NNPC, for an alleged $1.6 billion fraud.
But counsel for Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), suddenly, on September 18, filed an application for his client to be joined as defendant, based on the fact that her name was mentioned in count eight of the charge.
He sought an amendment of the charge to include her as the seventh defendant, “in order to give her the opportunity to defend herself”.
In the said application, the former minister also requested the court to direct the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her appearance in court in Nigeria on the next adjourned date in October 2017.
That would have meant Nigeria requesting Britain to allow her travel out of the UK to attend the court hearing.
The EFCC however interpreted her action as a ploy to escape prosecution in the UK and frustrate the ongoing trial in Nigeria.
In mounting a strong challenge to the application, the counsel for the EFCC, M.S. Abubakar, in an 18-paragraph counter-affidavit, vehemently opposed the filing, arguing that, “the applicant realized she was being investigated, and she absconded abroad and sometimes in March this year operatives were in London, but her lawyers refused to allow the operatives interview her.
“My lord, this present application is a plot by the applicant to enable her escape prosecution in London, also to enable her come to Nigeria and scuttle the ongoing case which has already gotten to an advanced stage.”

After hearing arguments by both parties, Justice Dimgba declined to grant the application, and instead, struck out the eighth count in which the former minister’s name appeared.
The verdict effectively ended her dream of returning home after holing up in London for more than two years.
It remains unclear whether she would appeal the ruling.
The trial of Mr. Omokore and his co-defendants continues on October 5, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement

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ruthie at 01:30 PM, 21/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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GOOD MOVE BY THE EFCC..OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPROMISED...LET HER FACE IT IN UK RATHER THAN COME BACK!
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freethinker at 01:38 PM, 21/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: ruthie on 01:30 PM, 21/09/2017
GOOD MOVE BY THE EFCC..OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPROMISED...LET HER FACE IT IN UK RATHER THAN COME BACK!

O BOY LOOK FOR WORK, STOP HOPING ON N10K THEY WILL GIVE U HERE.
WHAT IS N10K?
YOU ARE HERE DISPLAYING IGNORANCE
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tegonwa at 01:42 PM, 21/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Drama.Hopeless Politicians Playing Games With Tax Payers' Money.Too Hopeless!Nawaa O!
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kacylee at 07:07 PM, 21/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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nice call EFCC, let her remain there where her bribe would never be accepted

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Oworen25 at 11:22 PM, 21/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Not my problem at all
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ejikeiyo at 08:23 AM, 22/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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WASTED GENERATION
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Oworen25 at 11:47 AM, 22/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Where is all the money
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follyflex at 12:05 PM, 22/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Bad eggs

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BournIdentity at 03:36 PM, 22/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Floyd29 at 06:11 AM, 23/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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EFCC don dey try now ooo
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Oworen25 at 06:37 AM, 23/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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The question there is, is she ready to return all the money?
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Oworen25 at 07:10 AM, 25/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Them don too show this woman pepper
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ruthie at 04:31 PM, 26/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Quote from: freethinker on 01:38 PM, 21/09/2017
Quote from: ruthie on 01:30 PM, 21/09/2017
GOOD MOVE BY THE EFCC..OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPROMISED...LET HER FACE IT IN UK RATHER THAN COME BACK!

O BOY LOOK FOR WORK, STOP HOPING ON N10K THEY WILL GIVE U HERE.
WHAT IS N10K?
YOU ARE HERE DISPLAYING IGNORANCE
ITS OBVIOUS YOU LACK PROPER REASONING SKILLS....WHICH HIGH PROFILE CASE HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED WITH THE APPROPRIATE JUDGEMENT GIVEN....OH I FORGOT...YOU ARE ONE OF THEM SYMPATHIZERS!
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tegonwa at 12:00 AM, 27/09/2017 (2 years ago)
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Frankly Speaking, I Don't Understand What Game These Criminals Are Playing.Very Hopeless!Nawaa O!
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