According to information released by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over $153 million (about N68.8 billion) has been recovered from the former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke (under Goodluck Jonathan’s regime).
The Minister had relocated to the United Kingdom in May 2015, few days to the end of the tenure of the then President, Goodluck Jonathan. EFCC had been putting a lot of efforts and resources to bring the minister back to Nigeria, so as to face trial regarding the charges against her.
A member of the EFCC had said; “There are several cases 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.
“The other cases as it relates to the $115 million (about N52 billion) Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) bribery is also ongoing across the federation. 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. The case has certainly not been abandoned.’’
Recall that Diezani’s husband, Rear Admiral Alison Madueke, had said sometime last year that his wife had lost her ability to speak and subsequently fell into a coma due to the complications of cancer. This information was contained in a book published by the minister’s spouse; ‘Riding the Storms with God on My Side’.