The Former Minister of Petroleum Resources and first female President of OPEC who was elected at the 166th OPEC Ordinary meeting in Vienna on 27 November 2014 Diezani Allison Madueke has finally react on several allegations of financial fraud leveled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
In her statement, she said i never stole Nigeria’s money.
The anti-graft agency was taking advantage of my silence to try and convict me in the media hence my response.
Recall in media publish that the EFCC had alleged that Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of Petroleum Resources, by an order of a Federal High Court has forfeited $153.3 million to the Federal Government.
Diezani’s statement, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja, reads, “I wish to state I cannot forfeit what was never mine.
“I do not know the basis on which the EFCC has chosen to say that I am the owner of these funds as no evidence was provided to me before the order was obtained, and they have not, in fact, served me with the order or any evidence since they obtained it.”
“Let me re-state categorically as I have always maintained, for the record, I have not and will never steal money from or defraud the Federal Government of Nigeria. I am willing to respond to charges brought against me that follow duly laid down procedures,” she said.
The former first female President of OPEC dared the EFCC to without further delay, publish details of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC’s accounts from where the said $153.3 million was taken.
Diezani Alison-Madueke said that the report that Italian prosecutors indicted her for sharing in the loot of the $1.3 billion OPL 245 oil block deal, which involved Malabu and the Joint Venture Multinational partners, ENI (AGIP) and Royal Dutch was false
meanwhile, premium times report that, Mrs. Alison-Madueke is currently held up in London where she is also being investigated for money laundering and has been barred from travelling.
A statement by Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson for the PDP National Committee, on Friday, said the party would not make any comment on the allegations against Mrs. Alison-Madueke and other members of the party, who were being tried for corruption.
Mr. Adeyeye, who addressed journalists at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja on Friday, said it was wrong for the anti-corruption agency to try the suspected looters in the media.
He said the commission ought to have taken the matter to court and get the suspects convicted alleging that the publicity given to the corruption allegations against Mrs. Alison-Madueke and others were intended to portray the PDP as a party of corrupt people.
According to him, it was wrong for the anti-graft agency to make itself the investigator, prosecutor and judge. He claimed that the people with corruption cases, who had defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress from the PDP, had been forgiven .
“The only thing you need to do today is to defect to the APC and all your sins would be forgiven. All APC members are saints and others are sinners,” he said.