Court Orders Deziani To Return Home And Face Trial For Alleged Money Laundering

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to appear before it for a prosecution on money laundering charges filed against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The court ordered the Diezani, who is alleged to have escaped to the United Kingdom after leaving office in 2015, and currently a cabinet member in Dominican Republic to appear in court to answer 13 counts of money laundering involving $39.7m and N3.32bn said to be proceeds of unlawful activities.

The anti-graft agency stated it had made efforts that were futile to question the former minister on her role in the award of Strategic Alliance Agreement to Septa Energy Limited, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Limited and Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Also the anti-graft agency sought to question her on the chattering of private jets NNPC and Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the awarding of contracts by NNPC to  Marine and Logistics Services LTD.

The presiding judge in theFederal High Court, Justice Ojukwu, in her ruling, ordered that the court summons be published on the website of the EFCC and a national daily in a conspicuous manner.

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