She is alleged to have fled to the United Kingdom after leaving her position as the Minister of Petroleum Resources in 2015 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
By Musa Ibrahim, Abuja:
The Federal High Court in Abuja has scheduled 23 October as the date for the hearing of a lawsuit filed by former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. She is challenging the order obtained by the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) for the final forfeiture of her seized assets. The judge, Inyang Ekwo, set this date after Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s lawyer, Benson Igbanoi, and the EFCC’s counsel, M.D. Baraya, completed the necessary procedures for the case.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the anti-corruption agency had intended to publicly sell all the assets seized as proceeds of crime, which had been ordered by the courts to be permanently forfeited to the federal government. The auctioning process, which began on 9 January, included the properties believed to be owned by Diezani.
The former chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, recently disclosed that $153 million and over 80 properties had been recovered from Mrs. Alison-Madueke. She is alleged to have fled to the United Kingdom after leaving her position as the Minister of Petroleum Resources in 2015 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
It is important to note that this particular lawsuit is distinct from another one she filed, seeking N100 billion in compensation for alleged defamatory publications by the EFCC. In her libel suit, the former minister, who is facing corruption charges in a Nigerian court, claimed that she has been residing in the United Kingdom since she was taken there for medical treatment just before the end of her term as minister in May 2015.