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Mrs Deziani Allison Madueke would face N17.6bn money laundering charges – Court

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The Federal High Court on Friday has called on the former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Allison Madueke to come for arraignment on the charges filed against her by the EFCC for money laundering.

The order in a ruling was given by the Justice Ijeona Ojukwu on an ex parte application just after it was moved by EFCC’s lawyer, Faruk Abdullah.

The Judge gave the order for the former Petroleum Minister to appear before the court on 13 count charges, after she fled to the United Kingdom when she left office in 2015 and was said to have looted $39.7 million and N3.32 billion which is the proceeds from her illegal activities.

Some of her jewelries were confiscated by the EFCC in her home

Justice Ojukwu has ordered the publishing of her summons she issued on Friday on the EFCC website as well as on the national daily. The case was adjourned till October 28 for Mrs Allison Madueke arraignment.

The judge has repeatedly adjourned the case previously as a result of Mrs Madueke failing to appear before the court, for a case which was filed back on November 11, 2018.

Mrs Allison Madueke was extradited from the U.K after the gave the EFCC till March 10, 2020 in order for her to face trial or else the case will be dropped.

The judge explained that the EFCC have not made any significant step since filing her case back in 2018 as regards to serving the ex minister or applying for the issuance of an arrest warrant against Mrs Madueke.

However, the judge took back her threat of dropping the case after she was promised by EFCC’s lawyer that he would file an application in court to issue criminal summons against the former minister.

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EFCC’s lawyer, Abdullah, has said the former minister had refused to be served the documents in connection with the case when she was still in U.K at the time.

He noted that the arrest warrant and the gratification charges filed before the late judge as well as the money laundering charges pending before Justice Ojukwu were filed as part of the extradition request sent to the UK authorities.

He stated, “We have submitted our extradition request to the UK authorities and we have done everything we needed to do.”
He then informed the judge that he would file an application for criminal summons against Alison-Madueke as hinted by the judge.

The EFCC subsequently filed an ex parte application for the summons which the judge granted on Friday.

In the application, the anti-corruption agency stated it had made futile efforts 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 the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

The commission also said it sought to question her on her role in “the chartering of private jets by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Ministry of Petroleum Resources and her role in the award of contracts by NNPC to Marine and Logistics Services Limited.”

It noted that it was probing her business dealings with Mr Donald Amamgbo, Mr lgho Sanomi, Mr Afam Nwokedi, Chief lkpea Leemon, Miss Olatimbo Bukola Ayinde, Mr Benedict Peters, Christopher Aire, Harcourt Adukeh, Julian Osula, Dauda Lawal, Mr Leno Laithan, Sahara Energy Group and Midwestern Oil Limited.

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The EFCC expressed that she had a role in funding the 2015 general elections, especially the money kept in a commercial bank in 2015 before the elections.

The EFCC also said it wanted to speak with with Mrs Madueke on so many items, documents and jewelry recovered from her residence at no. 10, Chiluba close off Jose Marti Street, Asokoro, Abuja, and some property which she bought in Nigeria, UK, United States of America, United Arab Emirates and South Africa.

She was also alleged to have bought landed properties with the money using different names of person.

She was alleged to have carried out transaction on September 2013, in which she bought a property using the name of Rusimpex Limited to obtain a property called Block B3 comprising of six penthouses and 18 flats at Zone N Federal Government Layout, also known as Bella Vista Estate, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, in the tune of $37.5m.

She had similarly bought properties in other parts of Nigeria, in places like the Mabushi Garden Estate Abuja, Omerelu Estate Diabu GRA, Port Harcourt as well as other places in Lagos like in Banana Island Ikoyi, just mention but a few.

Offences which she had been alleged to have committed between November 20, 2011 and September 2013 were said to be contravene section 15(2), (d) of the Money Laundering Act, 2011 as amended in 2012 and punishable under section 15(3) of the same Act.

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Abudulrasheed Mubarak is a freelance content creator. He starting his writing career in 2011. He is a graduate of Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi in Urban and Regional Planning.

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