The Former minister of petroleum resources, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke has debunked EFCC’s claim that she is corrupt.
Deziani was responding to allegations linking her to a sum of $153m forfeiture ordered by a high court in Lagos.
Read an abridged version of her response belowTHE $153.3MILLION ALLEGATION
THE $153.3MILLION ALLEGATION
I am deeply disturbed by media reports claiming that by virtue of an order of the Federal High Court, I have forfeited the sum of $153.3m to the FG.
The report states that I purportedly stole the monies from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
First and foremost, the reasons for my being out of the country are public knowledge.
The principle of fair hearing demands that I should have been notified of formal charges if truly there was evidence or indictment against my person linking me with the said issue, so as to ensure that I had adequate legal representation.
This was never done. I wish to state that I cannot forfeit what was never mine.
I do not know the basis on which the EFCC have chosen to say that I am the owner of these funds.
No evidence was provided to me before the order was obtained and they have not, in fact, served me with the order.
As at the time of my writing this rebuttal (Thursday 19th January 2017) the EFCC have still not furnished me or my Lawyers, with a copy of the order.
I am also informed by my lawyers that the legislation under which the EFCC obtained this order is for situations where the funds are believed to be the proceeds of crime and the owner is not known.
I do not, therefore, understand how the EFCC can in the same breath say that the monies in question are mine.
If indeed they used this particular legal procedure because they did not know who owned the monies, then how can they now be falsely attributing the ownership to me (Annex-1A).
Let me re-state categorically as I have always maintained, for the record, I have NOT and WILL NEVER Steal Money from OR DEFRAUD the Federal Government of Nigeria.
I am willing to respond to any charges brought against me that follow duly laid down procedures.
In the face of the obvious falsification of facts and misinformation, it is only right and proper that the EFCC should publish the details of the $153.3M lodgments, the bank account numbers and the account beneficiaries, showing proof of my link to them.
Having also alleged that the said $153.3M was ‘wired’ from NNPC, the EFCC should also publish details of the NNPC accounts from where the said $153.3 million was taken from, with proof that I authorized such a transaction/transactions acting either in my private capacity or, as The Honorable Minister of Petroleum.
Let me state for the record that as Minister of Petroleum, the operation and management of NNPC finances were outside of my purview as outlined in both the Petroleum Act and the NNPC Act.
The only involvement I had in NNPC Finances was in terms of statutory matters, where the Petroleum Act prescribed that as Minister, there were certain duties or actions which I had to perform or take in relation to NNPC.