- The EFCC has updated Nigerians about its investigation of Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former petroleum minister
- Abdulrasheed Bawa, the chair of the commission, disclosed steps being taken to make the former petroleum minister face justice
- Bawa faulted suggestion that the case against Diezani has been abandoned
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has so far recovered N58 billion ($153m) from former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Bawa also said the anti-graft agency recovered no fewer than 80 choice properties valued at N30 billion ($80m) from the ex-minister.
He stated that the commission is trying to get Madueke repatriated from the United Kingdom (UK) where she has been residing since 2014.
The EFCC boss said:
“There are several cases surrounding that. As you may have read, 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. The other cases as it relates to the $115 million INEC bribery as the media has sensationalised it, is also ongoing across the federation.''
According to Vanguard, Bawa, however, pointed out that prosecuting the former minister for alleged corruption is still far from the reality since she was out of Nigeria’s jurisdiction.
He noted that despite the challenges associated with repatriating Diezani to face charges in the country, the case against her has not been abandoned.
The EFCC boss stated:
“We are looking forward to the time when we will, maybe, have her in the country, and of course, review things and see what will happen going forward. The case has certainly not been abandoned.”
Meanwhile, a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Movement of Progressive Youth of Nigeria (MOPYON), has prescribed capital punishment for any public official found culpable of corrupt practice.
The Nation reported that the group also called on the National Assembly to enact laws that would legalise the punishment for the corrupt officials.