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Nigerian anti-graft agency recovers $153m from ex-Minister of Petroleum

The new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said that the commission has…

The new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, has said that the commission has recovered $153 million from the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke.Mrs. Alison Madueke has been staying in Britain since leaving office in 2015.

In addition, more than 80 choice property valued at $80 million have also been seized from the former minister and handed over to the Nigerian government.

He disclosed that bringing the former minister to justice was still far from reality, given the fact that she is out of Nigeria’s jurisdiction and the challenges associated with bringing her home to face justice.

“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 property 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, 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,” Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper report on Wednesday quoted Bawa as saying.

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