Courtroom orders Diezani to go back for trial

A Federal Prime Courtroom in Abuja has ordered a former Minister of Petroleum Assets, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to look prior to it for an arraignment on cash laundering fees filed towards her by means of the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu made the order in a ruling on an ex parte utility in a while after it was once moved by means of the legal professional to the anti-graft company, Mr. Faruk Abdullah.

The pass judgement on ordered the defendant, who is said to have escaped to the UK after leaving administrative center in 2015, to look in courtroom to reply to 13 counts of cash laundering involving $39.7m and N3.32bn mentioned to be proceeds of illegal actions.

Justice Ojukwu, in her ruling, ordered that the courtroom summons be printed at the web page of the EFCC and a countrywide day by day in a conspicuous method.

The pass judgement on adjourned the case until October 28 for the defendant’s arraignment.

Within the utility, the anti-corruption company mentioned it had made futile efforts to query the previous minister on her function within the award of Strategic Alliance Settlement to Septa Power Restricted, Atlantic Power Drilling Idea Restricted and Atlantic Power Brass Building Restricted by means of Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company.

The fee additionally mentioned it sought to query her function in “the chartering of personal jets by means of the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company and Ministry of Petroleum Assets and her function within the award of contracts by means of NNPC to Marine and Logistics Services and products Restricted.”

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It added that it was once investigating her trade relationships with Mr. Donald Amamgbo, Mr. lgho Sanomi, Mr. Afam Nwokedi, Leader lkpea Leemon, Omit Olatimbo Bukola Ayinde, Mr. Benedict Peters, Christopher Aire, Harcourt Adukeh, Julian Osula, Dauda Lawal, Nnamdi Okonkwo, Mr. Leno Laithan, Sahara Power Crew and Midwestern Oil Restricted.

It added that it had to query her on “her function in financing the 2015 common elections, specifically the cash that had been warehoused at Constancy Financial institution % in 20015 previous to the elections.”

The EFCC mentioned it similarly sought after the ex-minister to talk on a number of pieces, paperwork and jewelleries recovered from her space at No: 10 Chiluba Shut off Jose Marti Side road, Asokoro, Abuja, and a few known homes which are connected to her’ In Nigeria, UK, United States of The us (USA), United Arab Emirate (UAE) and South Africa.

The EFCC had on November 11, 2018, filed the 13 counts of cash laundering accusing Diezani of unlawfully taking into her ownership, the sums of sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn when she somewhat should have recognized that the cash shaped a part of the proceeds of illegal actions.

She was once mentioned to have bought selection landed property with the cash the usage of other fronts because the house owners.

In September 2013, she allegedly used the identify of Rusimpex Restricted to obtain a belongings named Block B3 comprising of six penthouses and 18 residences at Zone N Federal Govt Structure, sometimes called Bella Vista Property, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, with the sum of $37.5m.

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On June 4, 2012, she was once mentioned to have used the identify of Azinga Meados Restricted to shop for 13 three-bedroom terrace properties with one room maids’ quarters at Mabushi Gardens Property, Abuja, with the sum of N650m.

In Might 2012, she allegedly used the identify of Chapel Homes to shop for 8 four-bedroom terrace properties, two three-bedroom penthouses, six three-bedroom residences, two three-bedrooms Mansionette , two two-bedroom residences, one four-bedroom condo at No. 4/6 Thorbun Street, and No five Raymond Side road, Yaba, Lagos, with N937m.

She was once additionally mentioned to have in Might 2012, bought within the identify of Blue Nile Property Restricted, 16 four-bedroom terrace properties, at Plot 2C, Omerelu Side road Diabu GRA, Port Harcourt Rivers State, with N928m.

She was once additionally mentioned to have in January 2011 purchased within the identify of Vista Level Corporate Restricted, six residences of three-bedrooms with one boys’ quarters each and every, garden tennis courtroom, Gymnasium, lawn and appurtenances, at 135 Awolowo Street/Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos State, with N805m.

The ex-minster was once additionally mentioned to have in December 2011, purchased within the identify of Sequoyah Homes Restricted a belongings at 12, Forces Street, Previous GRA, Port Harcourt measuring 4,890 sq. meters with $2.2m.

Her alleged offences which she was once mentioned to have dedicated between November 20, 2011, and September 2013 had been mentioned to be opposite to phase 15(2), (d) of the Cash Laundering Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable below phase 15(3) of the similar Act.

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