The Court at London, in the United
Kingdom, UK, has fixed June for the commencement of the trial of the
former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and four
others, over alleged corrupt practices.
According to the report, part of the
evidence against the accused, is the proceedings of a Federal High Court
in Nigeria, in respect of the order of a final forfeiture of $153
million, allegedly traced to the ex-Minister.
According to a source in the Economic
And Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC: “The UK Investigators have gone
far on the allegations against Diezani. From the records made available,
the ex-Minister and four others will face trial as from June.
“We have taken more evidence to the UK,
including all court records relating to the final forfeiture of
$153million. We have a huge pile of documents.”
Responding to a question, the source
added: “In fact, one of the suspects on the radar of Investigators has
been located in London, and he is under surveillance.” He declined to
name the suspect.
On the reported negotiation with the
former Minister, the source said: “There is no basis to negotiate with
the ex-Minister, in view of the overwhelming evidence at our disposal.
You should ask yourself what purpose the negotiation will serve.
“The EFCC is set for the trial of the
ex-Minister at home and abroad. It is curious to be talking of a curious
negotiation with someone who has a prima facie case to answer.
“The ex-Minister has forfeited $153
million; we have had far-reaching investigation on her involvement in
the $115 million poll bribery scandal; we have seized some of her choice
properties, and she has consistently maintained that she is ready for
trial. So, what is the basis for negotiation when we have a good case?”
Recall, that The National Crime Agency,
NCA, on October 2, 2015, had arrested Diezani and four others, for
alleged corruption and money laundering.
The former Minister, whose movement has been restricted to the UK, remains under investigation.