Why Diezani’s Prosecution is Stalling – EFCC  

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Why Diezani’s Prosecution is Stalling – EFCC  
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has adduced reasons why the antigraft agency was yet to bring former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison Madueke, to justice.

Bawa said the former minister’s prosecution was stalled by her relocation to a foreign country and the inherent obstacles involved with bringing her home for trial.

This was disclosed in the April edition of the EFCC magazine, EFCC Alert.

The EFCC chief said that the commission had recovered $153m from the former minister who had been residing in Britain since leaving office in 2015.

According to Bawa, the antigraft agency recovered no fewer than 80 choice property valued at $80m.

Bawa said, “There are several cases surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153m; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 property in Nigeria valued at about $80m. We have done quite a bit on that.

“The other case as it relates to the $115m INEC bribery is also ongoing across the federation. We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country, and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward. The case has certainly not been abandoned.”

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