- Former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Maudeke, has been ordered to appear before the high court to answer questions on money laundering
- EFCC is prosecuting Diezani over alleged money laundering
- Diezani left Nigeria in 2015 after she left office as minister of the federal republic of Nigeria
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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Maudeke, to appear before it and answer to a money laundering charge filed against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Nation reports that while ruling on an ex-parte motion, the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojkukwu, ordered the issuance of summons on Diezani for her to attend court for the purpose of her arraignment on the charge marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/208/2018.
Legit.ng gathered that to ensure that Diezani, who is believed to be now in the United Kingdom (UK) was aware of the invitation, Justice Ojukwu ordered that the court’s summons should be published on the website of the EFCC and a national daily in a conspicuous manner.
Justice Ojukwu adjourned till October 28, 2020, for Diezani to come to court for the purpose of her arraignment on the money laundering charge.
Arguing the motion, the EFCC’s lawyer, Faruk Abdallah, noted that since Diezani allegedly fled the country, it was difficult to get her back to respond to the various criminal allegations against her.
Abdallah said there was the need for a court’s summons or arrest warrant to compel her appearance in court.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Alison-Madueke was appointed as a commissioner for trade and investment for the Commonwealth of Dominica by the country's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
It was reported that the appointment does not, however, attract a remunerative package, according to the prime minister's letter.
The anti-graft agency had wanted the ex-minister to account for N47.2 billion; $487.5million; N23,446,300,000 and $5milion (about N1.5billion) in various Nigerian banks.
She is also expected to account for alleged spending of $6.9 million to buy three 40-feet mobile stages for use during mass public speaking events.
The alleged acquisition of Dominica's citizenship and the diplomatic passport has reportedly caused a huge setback for the EFCC's chances of getting her extradited to Nigeria to face charges.
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