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Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by nwakibie3(m): 7:22am On Sep 25, 2017
Ade Adesoomoju, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says its investigative team has not been allowed to meet with the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, in the United Kingdom, where she has been staying since 2015 when investigation into her tenure began.

The commission stated in a counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja, that it had been investigating the ex-minister for various allegations of corrupt practices, including abuse of office, money laundering, stealing of public funds and illegal acquisition of properties within and outside Nigeria.

But EFCC stated that its efforts to interrogate her over the allegations had been abortive as her lawyer, John Binns of BCL Solicitors, refused to allow the commission’s team of investigators, led by Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, to meet with her in the UK earlier in March this year.



The EFCC’s counter-affidavit was in response to a motion filed by the former minister, seeking an amendment to the heading of the charges filed against a businessman, Mr. Olajide Omokore, and five others by adding her name to the list of defendants so that she could defend herself in respect of allegations against her in one of the nine counts.

A detective with the commission, Mr. Rufai Zaki, who deposed to the EFCC’s counter-affidavit, added that it was not yet possible to bring the former minister back to Nigeria as she was being investigated by the UK’s Metropolitan Police for several other financial crimes, saying the probe had reached an advanced stage.

The EFCC had preferred nine counts of criminal diversion of about $1.6bn, alleged to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government, against Omokore and the other five defendants.

In one of the nine counts, the anti-graft agency alleged that Alison-Madueke and other officials aided and abetted Omokore in committing money laundering offences in relation to the diversion of the crude oil money.

Zaki, the deponent to the EFCC’s counter-affidavit, stated that Alison-Madueke had absconded to the UK after leaving office in 2015 upon realising that the EFCC had commenced investigation into her activities.

He stated in the counter-affidavit, “That sometime in 2015, the commission received an intelligence report bordering on abuse of office, criminal breach of trust, stealing, conversion and receiving stolen properties.

“That the commission further assessed the intelligence report and found that there was merit in same. Investigation was conducted in respect of this case before a charge was preferred against the defendants (Omokore and others).

“That at the tail end of the tenure of the applicant as Minister of Petroleum Resources, the commission received a lot of complaints and intelligence reports against the applicant, alleging that she was involved in various corrupt practices, money laundering, stealing of public funds and illegal acquisition of properties within and outside Nigeria.

“That immediately the applicant (Alison-Madueke) got to know that investigations had commenced in respect of her various nefarious illegal financial activities while she was the Minister of Petroleum Resources, she absconded from Nigeria in order to escape the investigation and prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“That upon realising that the applicant is in the United Kingdom, we made efforts to schedule a meeting with the applicant in order to interview her in respect of her involvement in the activities leading to this charge and many other alleged financial crimes linked to her but up till now, she had always avoided having any meeting with members of our team.

“That the applicant’s lawyer in the United Kingdom, one John Binns of BCL Solicitors, informed the members of the team of investigators headed by Abdulrasheed Bawa, when they visited the United Kingdom in March, 2017, that the team would not be permitted to meet the applicant for any interview in view of the fact that she is not within the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“That while in the United Kingdom, the applicant had been invited by the Metropolitan Police, who are investigating her for several other financial crimes. She has been released on bail in the United Kingdom but could not leave the United Kingdom as their investigations have reached advanced stages.”

Alison-Madueke had, in her motion, filed on August 18, sought an order mandating her to appear in court on the next adjourned date on October 5, 2017, to plead to the charge and in particular Count 8 of the charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/121/2016.

She also sought another order mandating the Attorney General of the Federation, being the agent of the complainant, to facilitate her prompt appearance in court on October 5, 2017, to take her plea and to defend herself over the allegation made against her in Court 8 of the charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/121/2016.

But the trial judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, on September 20, dismissed the motion after hearing the former minister’s lawyer, Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), and EFCC’s counsel, Mr. M. S. Abubakar.

The judge, in his ruling, struck out the count in which Alison-Madueke’s name was mentioned but held that he could not grant any of the three prayers sought by the minister.

The judge ruled that he could not grant the prayers because amending the charges to include her name as a defendant would imply starting the trial afresh, a development which would amount to waste of time and resources already expended on the case.

The six, named as defendants in the case in which Alison-Madueke had sought to be joined as a defendant, include Omokore; his two companies, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Limited and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Limited.

The other defendants are a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, Victor Briggs; a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Abiye Membere; and a former Manager, Planning and Commercial of the NNPC, David Mbanefo.

http://punchng.com/diezanis-lawyer-blocked-us-from-interrogating-her-in-uk-efcc/

Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Nukualofa: 7:24am On Sep 25, 2017
How does it affect us? Do you want us to send Nigeria Army there to do Python dance on the lawyer?



Useless propaganda Efcc

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by BALLOSKI: 7:32am On Sep 25, 2017
Why would UK allow that corruption big fish to be interrogated by efcc when they know what they stand to gain if they prosecute her there? She has properties in the UK and they want those properties forfeited to them.

It's about their interest. This is how the west is abetting corruption and will turn round to tag us "fantastically corrupt".


If diezani had invested here, we won't have lost anything to those western thieves. Here we are about to lose so much of her loots to the UK .


Diezani , e no go better for you.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Miracle4Sure: 7:33am On Sep 25, 2017
Hahahhahahhahhah....... La

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Homeboiy: 7:49am On Sep 25, 2017
That's why he's her lawyer

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Nbote(m): 8:36am On Sep 25, 2017
BALLOSKI:
Why would UK allow that corruption big fish to be interrogated by efcc when they know what they stand to gain if they prosecute her there? She has properties in the UK and they want those properties forfeited to them.

It's about their interest. This is how the west is abetting corruption and will turn round to tag us "fantastically corrupt".


If diezani had invested here, we won't have lost anything to those western thieves. Here we are about to lose so much of her loots to the UK .


Diezani , e no go better for you.

How exactly are dey abetting corruption?? She wants to com home and face charges EFCC refuses claiming dey want her to face charges there.. But yet d same EFCC is crying her lawyer refused dem interrogation over there.. Why would d EFCC want to interrogate her when dey aren't d ones prosecuting her?? Let dem wait their turn since dey passed up d opportunity to let her stand trial her first.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by dannytoe(m): 8:37am On Sep 25, 2017
So Efcc thinks london is a lawless country like nigeria, where cluelessness, bigotry, dictatorship, tribalism, 5% and python dance is the order of the day.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by TimFisher: 8:39am On Sep 25, 2017
cry
Because they know Nigeria is fraud

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by dannytoe(m): 8:39am On Sep 25, 2017
BALLOSKI:
Why would UK allow that corruption big fish to be interrogated by efcc when they know what they stand to gain if they prosecute her there? She has properties in the UK and they want those properties forfeited to them.

It's about their interest. This is how the west is abetting corruption and will turn round to tag us "fantastically corrupt".


If diezani had invested here, we won't have lost anything to those western thieves. Here we are about to lose so much of her loots to the UK .


Diezani , e no go better for you.
shebi na Uk send am make she bring free loot cum invest for london.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by omowolewa: 8:49am On Sep 25, 2017
Her lawyers are mot pulling their weights. She has lost too much cheaply

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Paperwhite(m): 9:02am On Sep 25, 2017
Useless EFCC! angry All the ones they have been doing back have not led to any high profile conviction.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by greatiyk4u(m): 9:03am On Sep 25, 2017
Nbote:


How exactly are dey abetting corruption?? She wants to com home and face charges EFCC refuses claiming dey want her to face charges there.. But yet d same EFCC is crying her lawyer refused dem interrogation over there.. Why would d EFCC want to interrogate her when dey aren't d ones prosecuting her??


Comprehension is the cause of your confusion here!

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by bukifemi1: 9:08am On Sep 25, 2017
PMB is in London right now , He can go to her house and collect our money.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Biggie225(m): 9:17am On Sep 25, 2017
bukifemi1:
PMB is in London right now , He can go to her house and collect our money.

the same efcc that blocked her from coming back to nigeria to defend allegations levelled on her..
apc keep deceiving gullible zombies . .
in buharis voice'we are phitine kwaruptoon.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Nbote(m): 10:10am On Sep 25, 2017
greatiyk4u:


Comprehension is the cause of your confusion here!
It's no ones fault most of u can't reason on ur own

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by andresia(m): 10:13am On Sep 25, 2017
Without doubt, EFCC is an incompetent organization. I prefer that woman is tried in the UK where justice is sure
Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by IMASTEX: 10:30am On Sep 25, 2017
What else do they think he is paid for? If not to protect his client. Una think say na every country be banana republic

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by davibid: 10:31am On Sep 25, 2017
lipsrsealed


I have always went against the idea of giving women the opportunity to occupy any high profile posts in government, institutions and organizations




Any body who calls Diezani a role model should be lynched




When the white man sees people like her they begin to feel as if they are not corrupt and they are better than us blacks


All those politicians selling us out na ...

Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by 9japrof(m): 10:31am On Sep 25, 2017
grin
Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by IMASTEX: 10:31am On Sep 25, 2017
dannytoe:
So Efcc thinks london is a lawless country like nigeria, where cluelessness, bigotry, dictatorship, tribalism, 5% and python dance is the order of the day.
Gbam! There are due processes to be followed.

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by OboOlora(f): 10:32am On Sep 25, 2017
Nonsense! An organization that talks more than it does. Always whining and throwing tantrums like a dog on heat. So they think UK is like Nigeria where the judicial system is dead. EFCC better get better lawyers and stop acting like they can arrest people at will and send them to detention. Useless people, useless President, useless Nation!!!

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by dust144(m): 10:32am On Sep 25, 2017
Why won't he block you! After seizing and frozen her things. What else do u want to interrogate her for?

Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by FitnessDoctor: 10:33am On Sep 25, 2017
This Matter has been going on for so long and i believe that its time the government deal with these cases now.
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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Bizibi(m): 10:33am On Sep 25, 2017
Wait wait!!!!
If they cannot prosecute her like the way they did James ibori's case in london then effc should not disturb us about dieziani......

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by aktolly54(m): 10:34am On Sep 25, 2017
Hmm
Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by ChangetheChange: 10:34am On Sep 25, 2017
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EFCC are confused

Charges against Dizeani will soon be dropped

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by UncutSk(m): 10:34am On Sep 25, 2017
Rubbish country
Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by greatiyk4u(m): 10:34am On Sep 25, 2017
Nbote:


It's no ones fault most of u can't reason on ur own


Sincere ignorance is lethal

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Alphasoar(m): 10:34am On Sep 25, 2017
Why is it that so much money has been linked to this beautiful woman grin grin grin grin grin


Miss Deziani case may just be a hoax afterall just like climate warming ish.


I did not use your fingers to type, don't quote me wrong oh! tongue tongue tongue tongue

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Re: Diezani’s Lawyer Blocked Us From Interrogating Her In UK –EFCC by Klington: 10:35am On Sep 25, 2017
Efcc being falling our 2hands since 500Bc. .. .

Disgrace of an agency

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