The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has declosed that the anti-graft agency recovered $153 million from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
He said the agency also recovered the final forfeiture of over 80 properties in Nigeria valued at about $80 million from the minister, who has been living in the United Kingdom, UK, since leaving office some years ago.
Bawa, who made the disclosure in the April Edtion of its in-house magazine, EFCC Alert, explained that the EFCC would want the former minister to face trial in Nigeria.
“There are several issues surrounding Diezani’s case. I was part of that investigation, and we have done quite a lot. In one of the cases, we recovered $153 million; we have secured the final forfeiture of over 80 properties in Nigeria valued at about $80 million. We have done quite a bit on that.
It would be recalled that the Federal High Court in Abuja had fixed May 17 for the EFCC to report on how it complied with the court order in the trial of Alison-Madueke.
The anti-graft agency had accused the former minister of fleeing the country to escape justice.
Although the long-running British probe into Diezani has yet to yield any charges, EFCC has pending corruption charges against her.
Former EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu in February 2020 said the former minister allegedly stole so much money that she needed to be extradited to the country to return them all.
Bawa, however, said that bringing the former minister to justice was still far from reality, given the fact that she was out of Nigeria’s jurisdiction, acknowledging the challenges associated with bringing her home to face justice.
He said other cases against her include a $115 million INEC bribery.
Bawa said the case has certainly not been abandoned and the commission is looking forward to having her in the country.
“We are looking forward to the time we will, maybe, have her in the country, and, of course, review things and see what will happen going forward.”