Diezani Fights Back, Tenders Shocking Report

By Amako Nneji June 18, 2016 11:02

Diezani Fights Back, Tenders Shocking Report

Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has on Friday, June 17, denied ownership of the $18 million mansion at the Asokoro area of Abuja, which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, purportedly seized from her.

The former Minister, who is currently undergoing medical treatment in the United Kingdom, UK, also denied a statement attributed to her, where she allegedly justified her affluent lifestyle.

Recall, that the multi-million dollar palatial residence with its furnishings worth $2 million, and a bulletproof gym, were featured in a documentary recently by Al Jazeera, in recognition of the efforts of the EFCC, in recovering public funds allegedly stolen by the former Minister.

Speaking on her behalf, counsel to the Minister, Chike Amobi, maintained that the information being peddled by Al Jazeera, lacked any truth.

Amobi, wondered why a respected media organisation of the caliber of Al Jazeera, could not conduct further investigations to ascertain the ownership of the property.

Amobi said, rather than steal any money, “the Honourable Minister, our client, did her utmost best to protect the interests of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

He added: “However, in their haste to achieve high ratings from publishing sensational stories, the producers of the Al Jazeera programme had mischievously neglected to conduct a cursory investigation of the readily available property records, which would have revealed the names and identities of the true owners of the property”.

He also, rubbished the reaction attributed to the former minister when the documentary went viral, saying the statement, which attempted to explain off the fact that it was not out of place for a person of her status to afford the reported expensive jewelries allegedly seized from her by the EFCC, could not have originated from Alison-Madueke.

“Anyone who knows or has spent time with our client, would readily attest to the fact that she neither thinks nor speaks in that manner,” The lawyer said.

The lawyer stressed further that: “We, therefore, find it disturbingly worrisome that someone would take the time to publish these seemingly favourable statements and attribute them to our client, without obtaining her consent or her imprimatur on the statements”.