EFCC to Deziani Alison-Madueke - 'We hope to meet you in court if you are ready' | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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Former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke, yesterday, slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleging that she stole $153 million from the till of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.


The EFCC had recently obtained temporary order forfeiting the $153 million allegedly stashed away by the former minister in various accounts, to the federal government. But the former minister, in a rebuttal made available to newsmen, last night, denied the ownership of the said money and challenged the EFCC to publish the details of the accounts, their owners and in which NNPC’s accounts the money was taken and when.

She said she was saddened by what she called “media trial” by the EFCC and wondered what the commission was out to achieve by making “false and unsubstantiated claims” against her. She also denied owning a multi-billion Naira estate in Yenagoa, benefiting from the $1.3 billion Malabu Oil scandal. EFCC declined to respond to the allegations made by Mrs. Madueke, saying it would be contemptible to comment on a matter already being heard by a court of competent jurisdiction.

“We hope to meet her in court if she is ready and can therefore not join issues with her at this point”, a top official of the commission told Sunday Vanguard. “If the former minister has no case to answer, she should come forward and meet us in court instead of raising false alarm to whip up sentiment and run away from the issues.” '

The former minister started: “I have up till now chosen to maintain my silence and not to respond to inaccurate press reporting. However, given the level of deliberate inaccuracies, I am now forced to respond because it is clear that the EFCC is taking advantage of my silence to try me by media and to convict me in the eyes of the public on false reports.

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  1. Thank God you no longer sick neither are dead. Please come home and answer all these. If your conscience is sure and clear of wrong doing come home and face the efcc. We the good people of Nigerian are no longer stupid. You know very well that you will rot in jail. Way woman, I remembered when she was appointed minister of transport and made a tour of Benin - Ore express road, I saw her shedding crocodile tears apparently pitying the poor people of Nigerians who have either lost their life or crippled due to avoidable accidents on that route. Little did I know that you are a fake WOMAN (witch)
    God will surely punished you and the rest of your family.
    Do you know how many Bayelsans that you have killed due to your corrupt nature.

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  2. Mr. Emmany, I don't think you should go to that extent by being personal. Yes, she has a case to answer, let's assume that she is still sick, when she gets well, she will come back and clear the allegations against her, if she is found guilty, she will face the consequence and if she is absolved of the allegation, she has every right to place charges against the authority but for now, she is still presumed to be innocent. So if you are a God fearing person, please stop passing judgement on people, let the authority do so. Calling her a witch, I don't know if you have caught her sucking some one's blood before. Let us always be civilized in the way we approach issues especially in Nigeria. Thanks and God bless you.

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  3. Mr. Emeka Nwonye, thanks for your piece. You know is so frustrating the many problems these guys created for this great nation. Apology for what ever you may have found not too palatable in my comments.

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  4. Mr Emmanuel, thanks for your apology. It shows you are matured. If one should ponder over the problem created for this nation by these leaders in the past 16 years, one will be more than frustrated.The biggest problem in our country is the poor and corrupted judiciary. We wanted to be civilized but that arm of government disappointed us all. We shall reach the promised land one day.

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