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Diezani Allison-Madueke: EFCC trying to blackmail me - Ex-Minister cries out


Former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke has fired back at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), saying she was deeply disturbed and bewildered by media reports claiming that she had forfeited to the Federal Government, by virtue of a Federal High Court order, the sum of US$153.3million purportedly stolen from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Diezani Allison-Madueke
While noting that she was not notified of formal charges or indictment linking her with the money, and was, therefore, not afforded the opportunity to have adequate legal representation during the court process, Diezani wondered how she could forfeit what she never owned in the first instance.


“I never stole money from NNPC or any other entity. I do not know the basis of the EFCC false and misleading allegations as no evidence was provided to me before the order was obtained nor have I been served with any evidence since after purportedly obtaining the order. Up to this moment, the EFCC has still not furnished me or my lawyers with a copy of the said order.

“Let me re-state categorically and for the record, I have not and will never steal money from NNPC or defraud the Federal Government of Nigeria. I am willing to respond to any charges brought against me that follow duly laid down procedures.

“It’s regrettable that in their typical manner and style, EFCC has gone to the media to attempt to prosecute their orchestrated persecution of my person as trial by TV and other media, rather than the tried and tested means of the judicial court process.

Diezani in a statement she issued to the media to debunk EFCC’s allegations against her, challenged the EFCC chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to make public the relevant details regarding the money that was allegedly stolen.


Her words: “In the face of the obvious falsification of facts and misinformation, it is only right and proper that the EFCC is challenged to publish the details of the $153.3million lodgments, the bank account numbers and the account beneficiaries, showing proof of my link to them. Having also alleged that the said $153.3million was ‘wired’ or stolen from NNPC, the EFCC should also publish details of the NNPC accounts from where the said $153.3 million was taken from, with proof of evidence that I authorized such a transaction/transactions acting either in my private capacity or as the honorable minister of petroleum.

“Let me state for the record that as minister of petroleum, the operation and management of NNPC finances were outside my purview as outlined in both the Petroleum Act and the NNPC Act. The only involvement I had in NNPC finances was in terms of statutory matters, where the Petroleum Act prescribed that as minister, there were certain duties or actions, which I had to perform or take in relation to NNPC.”

Source: The Sun


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