‘N47.2bn, $487.5m traced to Diezani’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) has traced N47.2bil­lion and $487.5mil­lion in cash and prop­er­ties to the former Min­is­ter of Petroleum Re­sources, Diezani Ali­son-Madueke, ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle writ­ten by of­fi­cials of the anti-graft agency.

The ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘Diezani Ali­son-Madueke: What an Ap­petite!’ was jointly writ­ten by Tony Orilade and Aishah Gam­bari of the Pub­lic Affairs Direc­torate of the EFCC. It de­tailed prop­er­ties and money al­legedly owned by the former min­is­ter.

The rev­e­la­tion is com­ing a day af­ter a Fed­eral High Court in La­gos had or­dered the fi­nal for­fei­ture of a $37.5m (N11.75bn) prop­erty on Ba­nana Is­land, Ikoyi, La­gos al­legedly owned by Diezani.

“A search of one of AlisonMadueke's pala­tial res­i­dences in Abuja, by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion, EFCC, turned up boxes of gold, sil­ver and di­a­mond jewellery, worth sev­eral mil­lion pounds ster­ling.

“Apart from the jewellery, the EFCC, Nige­ria's fore­most an­ti­cor­rup­tion agency, has traced N47.2 Bil­lion and $487.5 Mil­lion in cash and prop­er­ties to the former Min­is­ter of Petroleum Re­sources in ExPres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“The former min­is­ter, who has been in Lon­don since the birth of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, has how­ever con­tin­ued to deny any fi­nan­cial mis­deed. She in­sists she is be­ing se­verely ma­ligned and per­se­cuted by the EFCC,” the ar­ti­cle reads in part.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Wil­son Uwu­jaren, could not be reached for com­ment last night.

See com­plete ar­ti­cle on dai­lytrust.com.ng

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