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EFCC closes in on Diezani



Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke is to be extradited from Britain if the EFCC has its way.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to approach Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami( SAN) this week with a request to file charges against Mrs. Alison-Madueke based on its findings.

As part of its investigation, the EFCC has traced N47.2 billion and $487.5million to the ex-minister, it was gathered.

Besides, about N23,446,300,000 and $5milion (about N1.5billion) have been located in various Nigerian banks.

But only about $37.5million Banana Island property has been finally forfeited by the ex-minister.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered the final forfeiture of the property.

According to a fact-sheet The Nation stumbled on, the EFCC has concluded the investigation of the allegations against Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

More than 50 suspects in some of the cases linked with her have been arraigned in court, especially the alleged N23.29billion 2015 poll bribe.

The EFCC review team felt it will be “in the interest of justice to extradite the ex-minister to Nigeria for trial”. She is believed to be in Britain.

Some of the investigated allegations against the ex-Minister, with substantial evidence, include the following:

The release of $1.3b NNPC cash to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in 2014 to fight to kidnap in Niger Delta;

Whereabouts of $18.5billion earnings by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC);

$15.8billion NLNG dividends between 2000 and 2014( especially about $9b component between 2010 and 2015);

$1.7billion oil contracts involving Mrs. Alison-Madueke and two business associates;

N23.29b 2015 poll bribery scam;

$37.5m property on Banana Island; and
acquisition of many properties at home, in Britain, and in the UAE

A source said: “The EFCC has reached a convenient bend to request for the extradition of Diezani from the UK. Most of the cases against her have reached maturity level for her trial at home.

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NBA President in fight to save his job



Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President Paul Usoro has said he would not resign his position despite the pending fraud case against him. The EFCC, last week, filed an alleged N1.4 billion fraud charge against Usoro before the Federal High Court in Lagos.

It was announced that Usoro will be arraigned today. But, addressing reporters in Abuja at the weekend, the NBA president said he would remain in office despite an attempt to force him to quit.

Usoro, who said he was presenting the communique of the just held NBA National Executive Committee (NBA) meeting, assured that he would attend court today when the case against him is fixed for the hearing.

Saying he has not been served with the charge, the NBA President added that he was not comfortable about the leakage of the charge against him to the media.

Usoro, who addressed the news conference alone, did not dispute the existence of the charge against him. He said he is innocent and that the case is intended to force him out of office.

The NBA president, in a reaction to the question whether he will resign in view of the charge against him, said: “I will not resign. No, I am not in doubt that a charge has been filed against me. I only said, in my earlier statement, that I have not been served with the charge. I do not doubt the existence of the charge.

“This matter was presented before the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the NBA and we had a very successful meeting. And nobody raised the issue as regards whether I should leave.

“I have already made it quite clear if you have read my statement on what my position is as far as this matter is concerned. The National Executive Committee adopted that my address, as far as that matter is concerned, and they believed that that matter is rested.

“You see, I have seen it happened a number of times, and I believe all of you have also seen it happened, that some of these incidents are hyped up simply to drive people out of office. You are aware of that. And this has happened, not once, not twice.

“We have seen it happened in the case of the Senate President (Bukola Saraki). Ultimately, what happened? The Senate President was absolved of any criminality. What would have happened assuming the Senate President had resigned?

“We have also seen it happened and somebody was hounded that way, and he resigned. And at the end, he was found not to have done it. It is also very possible that in this particular instance, that was what the people wanted and that was why that was that hype. All of you are aware of it that there were plenty of leakages in regard to this matter, just before the NEC meeting.

“I am personally convinced that the reason why there was so much of the leakage was to instigate NEC possibly to get me out of office. Well, that did not succeed. So, we went to NEC and I presented the things that we want to do as the national officers are concerned.

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2019 Elections: EFCC is set to monitor campaign funds



Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says the agency will monitor campaign funds donated to political parties for the 2019 elections as well as donors’ identities.

EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

Magu said this on Wednesday while presenting a paper at a one-day retreat for 36 state governors and key election stakeholders.

Represented by Olanipekun Olukoyede, his chief of staff, the EFCC chairman said the agency will not allow public funds to be diverted to fund political campaigns.

He said politicians are required to keep proper records of all donations received by them including the identities of the donors and be ready to show relevant security agencies at the end of the election.

“We shall keenly monitor the financial affairs of political parties to ensure that the use of public funds to finance political parties and prosecute campaigns at all levels of government is checked,” he said.

“To minimize corruption and the use of public funds to fund political parties and finance elections, there is the need for greater effectiveness in enforcing the provisions of the various electoral laws in Nigeria especially as it relates to penalties upon breach of their provisions.

“Political parties should be required to keep proper records of all incomes, contributions, and expenditure, and to open their books for inspection by relevant security agencies after every electioneering cycle.

“In addition, politicians prosecuting campaigns must be required to keep proper records of all donations received by them including the identities of the donors; and to turn their books over to relevant security agencies, and to INEC for inspection after every electioneering cycle, including the costs of litigations arising from the elections and the source of funding for the litigations.

“We do not have the manpower and other resources to confront this hydra-headed monster alone. I implore fellow Nigerians to share credible intelligence with the commission on the activities of criminal politicians so that our tasks can be made easier.”

Magu said anytime money is diverted by an administration to fund an election campaign, it is money being misappropriated for health, security, education, road construction, personnel costs and other amenities for the citizens.

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Magu meets with UK authorities over Diezani



The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has met with the National Crime Agency (NCA), in the United Kingdom over the extradition of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke and other Nigeria’s politically exposed persons (PEPs) living in the UK.

Besides, Magu at the meeting with UK officials discussed how the authorities could assist Nigeria in the repatriation of her stolen funds stashed in that region.

The EFCC said in a statement by its Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade that Magu “on Thursday, 22 November 2018 met with the NCA, in the United Kingdom to discuss the efforts of the Commission in recovering all ill-gotten assets domiciled in a foreign jurisdiction by Nigeria’s PEPs.” According to the statement, the acting EFCC Chair also explained to the UK authorities why the commission was seeking the extradition of all PEPs.

“Outside the recovery of assets, the EFCC boss in the course of the high powered meeting with officials of the NCA will also present the Commission’s position on ways to fast-track the extradition of all PEPs who have found safe havens in a foreign jurisdiction”, the statement added.

Orilade said that Magu had impressed upon the British authorities the essence of extraditing the former minister.

“The EFCC Chairman had explained why the anti-graft agency is bent on extraditing all PEPs. For instance, speaking on the former Minister Of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke, whose process of extradition from the United Kingdom has commenced, Magu explained that having waited for three years, the Nigerian Government believes that it is time to initiate the extradition process”, the EFCC Spokesman added.

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EFCC wants Nyako off corruption cases



The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has written to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, requesting that all EFCC court cases being handled by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court Abuja, be reassigned to another judge in a bid to obtain fair judgment.

A Prosecuting Counsel with the commission, Onjefu Obe, made the disclosure on November 21, 2018, during the trial of Umar Audu Bida, Truth Igogori, Ifenyinwa Nwankwesiri and Ogechukwu Obaji, who are being prosecuted by the EFCC over their alleged complicity in a $1m fraud.
According to a statement from the EFCC, Obe, told the court that the concern of the Commission to reassign all EFCC cases before Justice Nyako, borders on likely bias on the part of the trial judge, considering the fact that the EFCC was also prosecuting her husband, Murtala Nyako, a former Adamawa State governor for alleged fraud.

The EFCC had in 2017 arraigned the defendants before Justice Nyako on a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, forgery and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of $1m. They allegedly defrauded Donald Latella of North Park LLC of the said sum in a business deal involving the supply of about two million barrels of Bonny Light Crude Oil.

The offence contravenes Section 8 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

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