I delivered $70m to banker on Diezani’s instructions - Ex-NNPC GM tells court

I delivered $70m to banker on Diezani’s instructions - Ex-NNPC GM tells court

- A former NNPC GM has revealed how Alison-Madueke gave him $70 million to deliver to a banker in Abuja

- The ex-NNPC official served as an EFCC witness in the trial of a former executive director of a first-generation bank, Dauda Lawal

- Lawal was accused of handling $25 million out of a total of $153 million which Alison-Madueke allegedly doled out to influence the 2015 general elections

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Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been indicted again in another ongoing corruption trial linked to her at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

A former Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told the court on Thursday, July 9, how he delivered 12 bags containing $70 million (about N27 billion)to a banker named Charles in Abuja on the instructions of Alison-Madueke, Leadership reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that the former NNPC official, whose name was not mentioned, was testifying before the court as a witness for the EFCC in the trial of a former executive director of a first-generation bank, Dauda Lawal.

How Diezani doled out $70m NNPC fund For 2015 elections - Former GM tells court

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Lawal was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on money laundering charges.

He was accused of handing $25 million (about N9 billion) out of a total of $153 million (about N59 billion) which the former minister allegedly released illegally for the 2015 general elections.

The ex-NNPC GM said he personally delivered the bags to the Abuja banker, though he did not know what was in them.

He said he was later invited for questioning by the EFCC. He added that the banker who collected the bags from him had also told the EFCC that he received the 12 bags and they contained the sum of $70 million.

The trial has been adjourned till Tuesday, July 21.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Alison-Madueke had been appointed as a commissioner for trade and investment for the Commonwealth of Dominica by the country's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.

The appointment does not, however, attract a remunerative package, according to the prime minister's letter.

This was after she was given Dominican citizenship, The Nation reported, citing a May 29, 2015 approval letter by the prime minister.

Diezani was also reportedly issued a diplomatic passport by the Dominican government on May 21, 2015.

The former minister's current status may make it difficult for the EFCC to successfully secure her extradition to Nigeria for her trial.

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