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 UK, 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 former minister for various allegations of corrupt practices, including money laundering 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 their team of investigators, led by Mr. ABDULRASHEED BAWA, to meet with her.
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.
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.
ZAKI, the deponent to the EFCC’s counter-affidavit, stated that ALISON-MADUEKE had absconded to the UK after leaving office in 2015 to evade investigation by the anti-graft agency.