Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-Minister for Petroleum Resources

Corruption: EFCC Recovers $153m, 80 Houses From Ex-Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke ─Chairman

*Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has recovered $153 million and 80 houses valued at $80 million from Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-Minister for Petroleum Resources, according to April edition of ‘EFCC Alert’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Alleging that the former Minister for Petroleum has had a generation of looters supporting her illegal and dishonourable actions, giving Nigeria a bad image in the international system at the time, Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said the anti-graft agency has so far recovered $153 million from Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-Minister for Petroleum Resources.

Bawa also revealed that the EFCC recovered 80 houses valued at $80 million from the former Petroleum Minister, according to April edition ‘EFCC Alert’, the Commission’s in-house magazine.

The EFCC Chairman stated: “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 $153 million; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 properties in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that.”

According to Bawa, “the other cases as they relate to the $115 million INEC bribery are 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.”

It is recalled that Ibrahim Magu, former Acting EFCC Chairman, in an interview February 2020, had called for the extradition of Diezani over alleged $2.5bn theft.

It was learnt the former Minister is facing charges bordering on bribery and money laundering in Nigeria and in London.

The Commission had accused Diezani of fleeing the country to the UK in order to escape justice.

In February 2020, the EFCC under the leadership of its former boss, Ibrahim Magu, also asked UK authorities to extradite the former Minister on the ground that she purportedly stole a sum of $2.5 billion belonging to the Nigerian Government.

According to Magu, the fund must be accounted for, alleging that Diezani had a generation of looters supporting her actions which he said was not good for the image and development of the country.

He stated at the time, that the EFCC was in touch with the international community to facilitate the extradition of the former Minister for Petroleum Resources.

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