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Tuesday , 18 September 2018

Diezani returns to Nigeria from UK to prove her innocence

Embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, has declared her intention to prove her innocence on various allegation bordering on fraud preferred against her.

The former minister was mentioned in the charge preferred against a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Dele Belgore and a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, before the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ).

At the resumed hearing of the matter, on Tuesday, one Obinna Onya, a lawyer from Abuja, appeared before Justice Aikawa with an application seeking to join Diezani as one of the defendants in the charge.

The embattled minister asked the court to compel the Attorney-General of the Federation to bring her back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, where she travelled to shortly after leaving office in 2015.

According to the lawyer, he said that her client has intention of appearing in court in Nigeria to defend a criminal charge bordering on alleged laundering of N450m, where her name was mentioned.

In the application, filed pursuant to Section 36(1),(5),(6 (a)-(e) of the Constitution and sections 216 (1) (2) (3) (4); and 217 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, sought an amendment to the charges against Belgore and Suleiman, so as to join Diezani as one of the defendants.

The lawyer contended that contrary to the declaration by the EFCC that Diezani was at large, the former minister was in the United Kingdom and was willing to return to Nigeria so that she could appear in court to take her plea and defend the charges..

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