Missing $20bn: Alison-Madueke sues PREMIUM TIMES, APC, 9 others

Deziani Alison-Madueke is one of President Jonathan's favourite ministers.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has sued PREMIUM TIMES and 10 other individuals and organizations to restrain them from further reporting on the controversial missing $20billion oil money involving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

In an application before Justice AFA Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s lawyer, Godwin Obla, from Obla & Co., sought and obtained an interim injunction restraining PREMIUM TIMES and 10 others from “publishing or causing to be published any further defamatory statements” stating or suggesting that the minister “stole, misappropriate or colluded in the stealing of $20billion crude oil revenue”.

In the application dated March 13, 2015, Mr. Obla warned the persons and organisations to desist from “further publishing any disparaging defamatory or otherwise salacious materia (sic) as it relates to or affects our client.”

Those listed as defendants in the case are the All Progressives Congress, APC, Vanguard Media Limited and its editor, Mideno Bayagbon; Leadership Newspapers Group Limited and its editor Ekele Peter Agbo; Premium Times Services Limited and its editor in chief, Dapo Olorunyomi, and Vintage Press Limited and its editor, Lekan Otufodunrin.

Also joined in the application were the National Broadcasting Corporation and the Nigerian Press Council.

The Court directed the two government regulators to ensure Mrs. Alison-Madueke is not linked in any report regarding the alleged missing $20 billion either on broadcast media, internet, print or radio.

The court specifically ordered the media houses to “desist from publishing any materials or running any programmme alluding to the complicity or collusion” the minister in respect of “$20billion, $49billion or any other figure, howsoever computed or arrived at, which are purportedly/allegedly missing or ‘unaccounted’ for”.

“You are hereby advised to immediately ensure total compliance with the Order of the Hon. Justice Ademola and to further cease and desist forthwith from publishing any material, howsoever titled or presented and irrespective of its form and content, which alludes to any amorous, immoral, salacious and defamatory matters connected to or related with our client, including anything to do with any allegation(s) or insinuation that our client colluded, was involved with or is complicit in the matter of a purportedly/allegedly missing $20billion, $49billion or any other amount whatsoever, until the determination of the substantive suit,” it stated.

Warning that compliance to the court order was not discretionary, but mandatory, Mr. Obla said that any attempt to do otherwise would be tantamount to flouting a subsisting order of a competent court.

“Failure to heed or give effect to the subsisting orders of the court will lead to the full force of the law being brought to bear upon your organization,” he said.

The missing $20 billion oil money was first raised by former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of not accounting for the amount.

As petroleum minister, Mrs. Alison-Madueke is the chairperson of the board of the NNPC.

While the government denied that funds were missing, it ordered a forensic audit of the NNPC, carried out by PriceWaterHouseCoopers Limited.

Several months after the completion of the audit, President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the report be withheld.

Last month, Mrs. Alison-Madueke told the Financial Times of London that the government was sitting on the report to ensure a “rabid” opposition does not exploit every of its detail to ridicule the government ahead of crucial polls March 28.

Under immense pressure from Nigerians, the government released a “highlight” of the report, which indeed proved the NNPC was indebted to the government, but at a much lower rate of $1.49billion.

The petroleum minister has since directed the NNPC to pay the money to the federation account.

Notwithstanding, many Nigerians have continued to demand the release of the full report.

The minister and her finance counterpart, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, have repeatedly flouted the directives of the House of Representatives that the report be made public.


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  • arewethishopeless

    Kontinu ….

  • harry

    it is clear that these are the women ruling Nigeria. the audit was done with tax payers money and we need to see the result. You are joking,the judge and your lawyer are joking,you must publish the result,as a matter of fact,we are going to create #PublishAuditReportOfMissing20billion this is going to go viral like #BringBackOurGirls. if you know you are innocent and no money was missing then publish the report

  • favourtalk

    What a shame that such women still exist to finish the treasury of the nation without anyone raising finger at them, we can’t continue this way. Nigerians deserve better than a woman who used 9billion for plane alone in a year. We need change

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Did the dog of bourdillion not go to court too to stop the broadcast of his empire empowered by fraud? Did APC and the other bodies now sued by the petroleum minister ever dwelled on the bourdillion saga, no way, because the dog is one of their own. The defendents can go to court if they feel so pained about the restriction on the further spreading of lies

  • Ab

    The report was paid for from the commonwealth of Nigeria, the freedom of information bill and the order of the House of Representatives for the need to make the report public is not out of place but a right.

    Holding on to it is against all known moral laws and abuse of executive power. Going to court on the basis of a public document, that the public does not have access to is gross abuse and nauseating arrogance on the part of the executive.

  • Titan

    Justice Ademola the PDP judge? Please trace the history of his judgements and cases and draw your own conclusions. Google is your friend

    • udemeobong

      That is exactly what i am also saying. She is playing with our intelligence and disrespecting the constitution she swore to adher to. But who gives a dam, that is what Jonathan said and oaved the way for free for all activities in his govt. It is indeed pathetic really!!!!

  • GEJisaDISASTER

    The Frog Eye Thief cannot keep her crooked fingers off public treasury. What a horrendous addiction!! All her years of public service were nothing but publicly serving her own bags and bank accounts. She was indicted both as Transport Minister and Petroleum Minister for embezzlement.

  • Bidemi Lukman

    OK, but the defendants can publish that $1.49 is missing till full report is released.

    • Gaskiya

      You make me laugh tire. Why are u thinking like this. Pls get serious.

  • Chinemerem

    Good but the excellent thing is that soon and very soon, the thieving government this unrepentant robber calked Diezani is working for will be thrown out of power and full disclosure of the horrendous stealing this woman and her boyfriend, the clueless Jonathief, have carried out in this country will be made. The case is a non issue that will soon be overtaken by the revelation of the great plunder the shoeless thief snd his jezebels have done in Nogeria since 2015. Can’t wait to vote for change from this rougery.

  • yeko

    Why not add SAHARA REPORTERS. Aitete mole, ole nmu oloko. What a shame.

  • Fairgame

    When any news media rather publishing the facets of Tinibu’s looting of Lagos star blind, decide to publish propaganda which has now been disproved by a forensic audit by PWC, in another clime the license of such media organizations would have been revoked. Propaganda is not truth and should not be regarded as news either. Why is it that these same media organizations Saharareporters, Premiumtimes, Punch and co are overseeing the daylight robbery of Lagos state, Rivers, Kwara, and co but yet prefer to publish lies and propaganda. Well I may not like Allison Madueke but she has a report to support her case against the very biased and corrupted media organizations.

  • udemeobong

    I know she is the owner of our oil money, so how much did she pay to buy the court for this favour???

  • Rommel

    Obasanjo once said that it is only in Nigeria that you catch a thief and they take you to court,you commissioned an audit and the report has been submitted since and still apart from the people that commissioned it,no one else has seen the report,Ndi Oshi na amaaaaaaaaaa! People’s defrauding Party

    • Fairgame

      Obasanjo was minister of petroleum for 8 years and so he was talking about himself. All Propaganda Congress aka muslim brotherhood

      • Rommel

        Did Obasanjo catch Obasanjo for stealing and Obasanjo took Obasanjo to court?

        • Fairgame

          Precisely. Obasanjo knows that that he is the chief thief that no one outside Obasanjo could catch otherwise the person will disappear like Bola Ige, Marshall Harry, Dikibo, Ogbodo the Thisday journalist, etc. So Obasanjo the president caught Obasanjo the thief and Obasanjo the president refused to take Obasanjo the thief to court.

          • Rommel

            Since we are talking about a thief taking his captor to court,I will infer from your submission that the alleged Obasanjo the thief does not fit into this narrative since he did not take any Obasanjo to court and lest I forget,more than 15,000 Nigerian have been killed under president Jonathan’s watch,people in areas where the president is directly responsible since he imposed his emergency rule,we are talking about the many Bayelsa women that died recently,we are talking about the governor of Kaduna state Patrick Yakowa that died simply because he was with late Owoye Azazi whom Jonathan and the PDP wanted dead for exposing their link with Boko Haram

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Interesting development, bruv.

      But did anyone notice she appeared at ease with the issue of the $10bn spent on maintaining private jets?

  • udemeobong

    She can´t stop freedom of information. I challenge every thougtful Nigerians to protest against this woman. This DictoCracy simple and we reject it!!!

  • Fairgame

    When any news media rather than publishing the facets of Tinibu’s looting of Lagos decide to stay blind, decide to publish propaganda which has now been disproved by a forensic audit by PWC, in another clime the license of such media organizations would have been revoked. Propaganda is not truth and should not be regarded as news either. Why is it that these same media organizations Saharareporters, Premiumtimes, Punch and co are overseeing the daylight robbery of Lagos state, Rivers, Kwara, and co but yet prefer to publish lies and propaganda. Well I do not like Allison Madueke but she has a forensic audit report to support her case against the very biased and corrupted media organizations. And why not ask the auditor general who is constitutionally empowered to release the report rather than calling Ministerbor Petroleum or Finance? It is a shame on Premiumtimes and co.

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    Nigerian people demands for the publish of the original report of PwC on the US$20B missing fund if they have nothing to hide. gej and this woman are the ones stealing Nigeria’s treasury dried. Going to court stop demand for accountability is the height of madness of gej’s govt. Disgraceful and shameful thieves in the position of authority led by the most corrupt president Nigeria ever had called gej.

    • Jujubeans

      On point bro… This arrogant, thief of a woman. I know Buhari said he’ll draw a line under corruption but this woman of all people needs to go down. Would love to see her arrogant self squirming in court and eventually languishing in Kiri Kiri!

  • absam777

    Too late. We already know and will continue to link you to $1.9B, $10B,$12B , $20B missing. It is online and I can always quote it. Away with your Ghana must go judge.Make a proper court move and stop this night time judgement. Cowards

  • richkid

    It’s a pity that false alarm apc bought the press to be reporting rubish. Respect money oo stop calling this figures, not even naira but dollars, apc what did she do with the money please!! Alison is innocent of that accusation! Court has proven it

  • Fairgame

    When any news media rather than publishing the facets of Tinibu’s looting of Lagos decide to stay blind, decide to publish propaganda which has now been disproved by a forensic audit by PWC, in another clime the license of such media organizations would have been revoked. Propaganda is not truth and should not be regarded as news either. Why is it that these same media organizations Saharareporters, Premiumtimes, Punch and co are overseeing the daylight robbery of Lagos state, Rivers, Kwara, and co but yet prefer to publish lies and propaganda. Well I do not like Allison Madueke but she has a forensic audit report to support her case against the very biased and corrupted media organizations. And why not ask the auditor general who is constitutionally empowered to release the report rather than calling Ministerbor Petroleum or Finance? It is a shame on Premiumtimes and co.

    • Babawale Akinola

      As one of the online spokespersons of the duo of President Jonathan and his oil minister-Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, can you kindly tell Mr. Jonathan and Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke to please release for public read the report of the forensic investigation to the $20b missing UNDER Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke’s Petroleum ministry?

  • Maitama Tambari

    What the hell is Nigeria coming to? If she doesn’t want her name mentioned in $20 billion NNPC missing funds, she should resign and go home to her husband Admiral. As long as she is in public domain and public domain trust in her oversight, definitely Nigerians have every right to demand responsibility over the service which she is being paid to do with public funds. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

    • Frank Bassey

      Can we begin the CHANGE in Lagos where BAT and co a looting the state blind and taxing residents to the marrow?

      • tundemash

        I know u lack common sense …
        Coommon sense dictates that when the head is rotten, it affects the whole of the body. Abuja is where the head lies…
        Presidential election comes before the governorship election cl0wn and we will defenitely seperate the Otuoke he-goat from the yams !

    • cookie

      loool… mumu… did you also notice that the vice presidential candidate of the APC also went to court stopping all broadcast outfits from doing the very same thing… and he isnt even in power.

      • tundemash

        The APC V.P. isn’t a public official yet , that is the difference village mumu !

        • cookie

          and so what… we shouldnt properly scrutinize an aspirant to the 2nd highest office in the land… Lagos MUMU!!

          • tundemash

            Mr. D@ft, next time .. check the trend of a discussion before you contribute cl0wn !
            Can u copy & paste here where i said u shouldn’t scrutinize an aspiring V.P.? Or is the topic of this news about the asipiring V.P. ?

    • cookie

      Tinubu is looting lagos and the press is conveniently silent… but offcourse i understand that is your version of change…. now PWC have finally confirmed your worst fears…. there is no $20B missing.
      she is well within her rights

  • Frank Bassey

    “The missing $20 billion oil money was first raised by former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, of not accounting for the amount.” That is not how it started, and you know it. Why didn’t you tell your readers that Sanusi first started with $49 billion, then $12 billion, later $20 billion “or any amount in-between’? Come March 28, we will know who is who in Nigeria. Then the patronage Premium Times enjoys for agreeing to publish half-truths (true to character) would have expired.

  • blueeyedkitten

    so who is going to sue me for mentioning her name in my comments?

  • redeem

    what a shame——-what about tinubu who went to court to stop AIT from airing his drug related conviction in the USA—among other thieveries——even in tinubus case the evidence against him was very glaring yet went to court——-to hide his certificate forgery case with buhari——among other thieveries of funds from lagos state government–clear sanusi lied—-was tutored by apc—–to spray that cock and bull story around us———all in the name of politics

    • Mark Nsikan

      and who is d chief law officer of nigeria?……u man tinubu has imunity from prosecution?…u mean tinubu is above d law?……think plz,thank u

      • Is Jonathan the chief law enforcement officer of Nigeria–now——Here is another corrupèt deal by tinubu————A breakdown of the payment mandate showed that INEC on February 14, 2013 paid the sum of N489,937,500 to ACT.Technologies, being part payment for the production of the PVCs. The money was paid through JAIZ Bank.Another transfer of N585 million was made on July 16, 2013 to the company via FCMB; on June 11, 2013, N293,962,500 was effected through JAIZ Bank; while on August 13, 2013, INEC paid N130 million.
        In addition, N234 million was paid to ACT.Technologies for the supply of 40 million PVCs through JAIZ Bank on January 24, 2014, while the last transfer of N590,871,418 was made on February 19, 2014.
        All the electronic payment mandates were signed by the Secretary of INEC, Augusta Ogakwu; Director of Finance, Hajiya Salamatu Ibrahim; and Director of Budget, T.W. Afannga.
        According to an INEC source, despite the full payment for the contract, a batch of PVCs were yet to be produced.
        Shortly after the elections were postponed, Jega had informed the Senate that some 800,000 to one million PVCs had still not arrived the country from China.

        • Mark Nsikan

          OH….SO Y IS JONTHAN OR THE EFCC NOT INVESTIGATING TINUBU?…BUT WILL RADA SHW US A MOVIE!!…Y?

        • Mark Nsikan

          wow…..so what stops d agencies of govt from charging him tu court?

    • tundemash

      Cl0wn .. Tinubu isn’t a public official while frog-eyes is a public official paid with public money and the missing $20bn is public money.

  • Ademola Aderiye

    Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, minister of oil, can you and President Jonathan please RELEASE the “forensic” report of the $20b MISSING UNDER YOUR MINISTRY? Can you MAKE THE REPORT PUBLIC? Nigerians have a RIGHT TO THAT REPORT. Finally, Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke as a public servant with CLEARLY stipulated salary can you explain how you came about the 70m Naira you donated to President Jonathan’s ONE DAY rally in Bayelsa state? And is it ETHICAL for you to as a SITTING minister to DONATE 70 MILLION naira to the campaign of a candidate in the 2015 elections?

  • Ed

    The picture of the lady minister and president clearly show an change between lovers. Very unprofessional look on both of them.
    Okay honey we’re good tonight.
    Nigeria judges are becoming a joke. Why in a democracy is a judge granting all this order to prevent press freedom of information and the Nigerian people’s right to know, which is protected in our constitution.

    • Mark Nsikan

      not just d judges…..nigeria is a joke……consider a knwn rigger being appointed a minister by a senate presidnet,after nomination by d president…….its simple,we av no country…..welll…actually we du,but its headed by jonathan ,phd!

    • Festuso

      Very, very unprofessional look indeed…they both give it away. It is quite disgraceful but Mama Peace dare not say a word, you know why…!
      As for the ridiculous judgements, they say this Justice Ademola is a good pal of the Attorney General Adoke. He is also the one presiding over the card reader issue….don’t be surprised if he declares its use unconstitutional in the next few days! That is Nigeria for you. We should pray for the Lord’s Mercy….otherwise Nigeria’s fate will be like that of Sodom & Gomorrah!

      • Layo

        Lol. I had to scroll up to look at the picture again. I know that look very well. Awon eleeriibu.

  • MushinSpeaks

    There is so much to cover..the coming of Buhari would unravel their hidden practices…CHANGE has come.

  • Remi

    This woman has now perfected the way to steal public funds. After stealing she runs to our kangaroo courts to seek protection. The other time a judge ordered that the house of reps should not ask her any questions about the N10 billion bill for gallivanting about in private jets unless it is first gazetted first. One arm of government preventing another from functioning especially as it relates to investigating stealing of government funds. In this case again a government official appointed said Nigerians cannot have report conducted into missing funds until after election meaning that all the information needed by Nigerians to make informed judgment is being denied them by this 419 government with the protection of the court.

  • Chris1408

    Only in Nigeria such person as this frog eye thief gets protection from judiciary and executive, both are unbelievably corrupt

    • A breakdown of the payment mandate showed that INEC on February 14, 2013 paid the sum of N489,937,500 to ACT.Technologies, being part payment for the production of the PVCs. The money was paid through JAIZ Bank.
      Another transfer of N585 million was made on July 16, 2013 to the company via FCMB; on June 11, 2013, N293,962,500 was effected through JAIZ Bank; while on August 13, 2013, INEC paid N130 million.
      In addition, N234 million was paid to ACT.Technologies for the supply of 40 million PVCs through JAIZ Bank on January 24, 2014, while the last transfer of N590,871,418 was made on February 19, 2014.
      All the electronic payment mandates were signed by the Secretary of INEC, Augusta Ogakwu; Director of Finance, Hajiya Salamatu Ibrahim; and Director of Budget, T.W. Afannga.
      According to an INEC source, despite the full payment for the contract, a batch of PVCs were yet to be produced.
      Shortly after the elections were postponed, Jega had informed the Senate that some 800,000 to one million PVCs had still not arrived the country from China.

  • As the controversy continues to trail the production and supply of the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) for the elections, it has emerged that a Nigerian company, ACT.Technologies Limited, was awarded a N2.6 billion contract by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce the PVCs, which was in turn sub-contracted to a Chinese firm.

    Based on the electronic payments exclusively obtained from INEC by THISDAY, the transfers showed that over N2.6 billion was paid to the Nigerian company where Bola Tinubu has substantial interest, for the production and supply of over 68.8 million PVCs within a period of seven months.

    It was further gathered that the PVCs were expected to be produced at a unit cost of N65.

    THISDAY gathered that the electronic payment mandate for the production of the PVCs was routed through two banks, an Islamic Bank – JAIZ Bank – and the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited between 2013 and 2014, which showed that ACT.Technologies charged with the production of the PVCs had been fully paid, but is yet to supply all the PVCs for the elections.

  • Wähala

    Why not Sahara Reporters, their Baba? Because this bug-eyed criminal knows that US court will subpoena PwC and the report made public during discovery phase before any proceedings can commence. Discerning Nigerians know too well that all this shenanigans against the general elections is because of two reason: Sponsors of Boko Haram and missing $20bn at the NNPC under Diezani Alison-Madueke. So, why won’t she go to local courts to scuttle any prying eyes into her dirty bras? Bottom line, pregnancy cannot be covered even with both hands… in the end, light permeates darkness. Awon ole. Barawo B*tch!

    • tundemash

      It’s a useless case, frog-eyes is a public servant paid with with public money ! Shikena!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Even public servants have the right to protect themselves from defamation .

        • tundemash

          Every public servant do not have the right to steal public money and hide information. Ask Frog-eyes to release the missing $20bn oil money report. The report was paid for with public money so it isn’t for her private keep.

          • Buhari_the_Certficate_FORGER

            it is inside your mother’s t0t0

          • Dr. Kay

            Typical PDPigs no issue based answer just bile, abuse and crass rascality , o ma SE oh , by the way start packing your dirty laundry , in 2 weeks time it’s all over , lol.

          • Buhari_the_Certficate_FORGER

            thank God you find your comments amusing. So you can’t even believe yourself. Ehyaaaaaa kpele

          • tundemash

            Loser !!!! I guess you ran out of anything sensible to say ….. cross-bred chimp !

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Why behave like a dumbass illiterate ? PWC has categorically stated that no funds are missing .

          • tundemash

            Cl0wn .. paste where they said so! All they did was submit the report to govt. Since when has the Attorney General become a staff of PWC ?????

      • Buhari_the_Certficate_FORGER

        your entire generation even those unborn can never match her intelligence, beauty and carriage. HATERS DIE

        • tundemash

          and u are here being paid crumbs to defend her .. how brilliant you are !

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The PWC report will be released soon and…….

      Stop insulting her

    • THE REGIONAL THOUGHTS OF AN IBO MAN—————-FROM ONTISHA BRIDGE HEAD–OF LAGOS STATE–DOING ALL WITHIN HIS REACH TO BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE YORUBAS—IN TINUBU SQUARE

      • SAM .A

        Wahala is a core Ibo man , an integrated Nigerian , who has ascended to a height that will take u years to get to,a civilized , well educated & well exposed man, why u still remain in your cocoon of tribal and religious bigotry. Wahala belong to the New generation of Nigerians that will make Nigeria proud.
        Please bury all your jealousy & hatred for him.

        • Uzoma

          You mean the new Nigeria inhabited by the foul-mouthed? You couldn’t have learned your own meaning of ‘civilized’ where we learned ours if you describe someone who hurls foul language the way Wähala does as civilized.

      • Naija-go-free

        Shut up your useless mouth. Have you read the forensic audit report?

    • Sword of Damocles

      Right on the money, brother. I already knew this woman was not sleeping due to the imminent inaugural of Mai Gaskiya. Key point you made is NONE OF THESE LOOTERS would dare sue in the US precisely for the reason you gave. Ther evidence is the Forensic audit & any Court that is not a KANGAROO Gathering would want to see that report, which incidentally we paid for

  • Ndi igbo voice

    Wow, this day light rubbery from this Minister… GEJ must go May 29th 2015 inshaa Allah

  • tundemash

    Frog-eyes, you are a public servant, you an’t sit in judgement over your own case, RELEASE THE $20bn STOLEN MONEY report. …. this case would be thrown out of court.

    • @WAHALA——–IBO MANU—WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HER EYES–AND THAT OF THE DRUG CONVICT—CHIEF PAPALUWE TINUBU?

      • SAM .A

        U are afraid of the shadow of Holy Wahala .

      • tundemash

        Now I am @wahala? The guilty have no resting place…. keep losing it !

  • Philip Gokir Musa

    Action well taken! Now let the jobless APC clowns talk — talk is cheap by the way. And coast is clear for victory!! GEJ til 2019!!!

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  • SAM .A

    Somebody should appeal this kangaroo restrain order from a chicken hearted judge. Our freedom of speech must not be compromised on the alter of arrogant treasury looter. Aittete mole , ole mu oloko. A thief is now catching the owner here. If you cannot withstand the heat in the kitchen , it is better u get out.
    Nigeria for the next 3 months has arrived at banana republic where anything goes,An election rigger senator was asked to bow & go, only to become foreign affair minister. Wait and see. Now the goats who has been swallowing NNPC yams is in court to prevent all Nigerians from talking about her voracious consumption pattern. This ugly phase of reign shall not last.

    • Interrogator

      WHAT PREMIUM TIMES CAN NOT BE RESTRAINED BY ANY COURT
      FROM PUBLISHING IS A CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION AS FOLLOWS:

  • Uchechukwu

    Premium Times is another name for APC

    I think she should sue Premium Times very very well. Premium Times has too many Editors wearing Hijab.
    They can’t write anything without first of all wearing their Hijab. They are always supporting APC party.
    Premium Times will never report any bad thing about APC. Haba! Only good things about APC party.
    What they wrote before was that $20 billion is missing in NNPC. Auditors came now and didn’t see anything.
    Oyinbo auditors search tire, come say no money is missing. Is that not supposed to be end of the matter?
    But Premium Times wants to dig more. Why dig more? That is undue radicalism, just like another Jihad.

    • The late military Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, did not loot the national treasury contrary to the general impression, two military former heads of state have said.

      Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who ruled Nigeria between 1983 and 1985, and his successor, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, gave Abacha the clean bill in Kano yesterday after the rememberance prayers marking 10 years of the death of Abacha, who ruled between 1993 and 1998.

      Abacha was accused of stealing nearly £5 billion while in office, out of which over $1 billion has reportedly been recovered from various sources around the world.

      But Babangida, who described Abacha as a “courageous, loyal and honest military head of state who stood for the unity and development of the country during his years in government”, has dismissed the allegations.

      He said the looting allegations against Abacha were unfounded and baseless, stressing that “it is not true that he looted public treasury. I knew who Abacha was because I was close to him”.

      Babangida said: “Abacha was a courageous person who stood firmly in handling the affairs of the country during his regime.”

      He added that the regime of Abacha brought positive changes in the country which should have been emulated.

      He said 10 years after the death of Abacha, his contributions to the nation’s economy remain indelible.

      “There is no doubt, during his administration as head of state, Abacha contributed his best to the nation’s economy which we are still enjoying,” he said.

      Babangida’s new position however contrasts with what he told Newswatch magazine in July 2000.

      He had said: “The revelations [on Abacha’s loot] surprised me. I am surprised, because I didn’t know.”

      He had also explained that Abacha’s death brought “relative stability”, adding that “it gives us, oh well, let’s see, there is hope after all”.

      Babangida, in that interview, also blamed the society for allowing Abacha to grow into the dictator he became.

      “I feel bad that society failed to realise that they have a duty to protect whatever values they hold dear to their hearts as far as this country is concerned. At any rate, there are people I like and do respect those who stood against the regime, who are not military officers but civilians who are able to speak out. They didn’t mince words and if their views had been heard, he wouldn’t have [done enough harm],” he had said in response to a question.

      Buhari, in his own comments yesterday, described the allegations of looting against Abacha as “baseless”, because according to him, “ten years after Abacha, those allegations remain unproven because of lack of facts”.

      While also commenting, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who took over when Abacha died on June 8, 1998, commended his predecessor for initiating Vision 2010, saying that the economic vision of the present administration termed Vision 2020 is a replica of Abacha’s 2010 initiative.

    • Adoki Damian

      @ Uchechukwu,

      I agree with you my bother. APC is a criminal organization – full of Alhajis – signifying nothing.
      Have you ever for example why NOBODY in Lagos state has ever asked Alhaji Raji Fasola to fight

      against corruption? If you investigate this simple question you’ll have all the answers you need,

      in case you are still in doubt that APC (in Lagos state) is indeed a ‘criminal organization – full of Alhajis –
      signifying nothing’
      . You will also find out that Lagosians now regret but are fully agreed that they elected

      thieves to rule over them in Lagos.

    • damian

      @ Uchechukwu,

      I agree with you my bother. APC is a criminal organization – full of Alhajis – signifying nothing.
      Have you ever wondered for example why NOBODY in Lagos state has asked Alhaji Raji Fasola to fight
      corruption? If you investigate this simple question you’ll have all the answers you need, in case you are
      still in doubt that APC (in Lagos state) is indeed a ‘criminal organization – full of Alhajis – signifying nothing‘.
      You will also find out that Lagosians now regret but are fully agreed that they elected thieves to rule over them.

      • baba aiye

        Shashshshshsh, no noise please, APC Lagos Leaders are in caucus session;
        featuring Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Alhaji Raji Fashola, and, Apprentice Ambode:

        • Public Tribune

          “In Nigeria, the pauperised many have sent a memo to the
          criminally-rich few: ‘We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in
          peace. We will hound you and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your
          Hummers, we will snatch them.

          When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap
          them. When you retreat to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with
          one eye open. With every knock, you will panic and tremble, fearing it could be
          nemesis at the door”.

          ………Femi Aribisala

          (Vanguard Newspaper)

          August 28, 2013

        • anneedu

          Hahahahaha, hope it will have part two till infinity

      • akindee

        Agree with what? Are you alright? When did Premium Times’ Dapo Olorunyomi
        ever wear Hijab? Stop peddling rumours from your hiding place in Owerri; or in
        Abakaliki, or wherever you are hiding. Premium Times is the flagship of internet
        journalism in Nigeria and it coasts far ahead with truth and objectivity.

      • Tunsj

        Then PDP is a mafia organization full of rogues.

  • Wetin Naija

    When a minister begin to sue an opposition party, then there is a big in the administration of Jonathan. That means that Jonathan and PDP are indirectly suing the opposition party in order to silence the opposition

  • The Revolutionary

    Nigeria’s Revolutionary Pressures

    “In Nigeria, the pauperised many have sent a memo to the
    criminally-rich few: We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in
    peace. We will hound you and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your
    Hummers, we will snatch them. When you send your children to expensive schools,

    we will kidnap them. When you retreat to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep

    with one eye open. With every knock, you will panic and tremble, fearing it could be
    nemesis at the door”.

    ………Femi Aribisala

    (Vanguard Newspaper)

    August 28, 2013

  • Revolutionary

    Nigeria’s Revolutionary Pressures

    “In Nigeria, the pauperised many have sent a memo to the
    criminally-rich few: ‘We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in
    peace. We will hound you and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your
    Hummers, we will snatch them. When you send your children to expensive schools,
    we will kidnap them. When you retreat to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep
    with one eye open. With every knock, you will panic and tremble, fearing it could be
    nemesis at the door’.”

    ………Femi Aribisala

    (Vanguard Newspaper)

    August 28, 2013

    • I go die O!

      SEE HOW STEALING WRECKS LIFE AND DEPRIVES THE PEOPLE
      OF DIGNITY, PEACE AND COMFORT, IN PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:

      • Weydem

        I BEG UNA MY PEOPLE SEE AS CHILDREN DEY SUFFER TO GO SCHOOL
        INSIDE RAMSHACKLE BUILDINGS THROUGH SWAMP IN LAGOS STATE

  • Rotreed

    Ahaa!! E gbami. I beg somebody should wake me up Is this happening in our N I G E R I A. or its just Nollywood movie. So government have now resort to gag Nigerians not to talk about corruption or stolen public funds. Infact they should release the forensic audit report immediately

    • Encore

      WHAT PREMIUM TIMES CAN NOT BE RESTRAINED BY ANY COURT
      FROM PUBLISHING IS A CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTION AS FOLLOWS:

      • Election Watch 2015

        Tomorrow is hearing date in court. The Court will hear the 13 court cases
        filed to dis-qualify Muhammadu Buhari from the 2015 presidential election
        for allegedly lying on oath that he obtained WASC/Cambridge certificate in 1961.

  • dd

    Fear of Buhari is the beginning of wisdom. Alison-Madueke is sueing for the first time as fear grip all of them. He mean to say please not me that stole is Jonathan that stole.

  • dd

    Buhari is fainted this month on his way from Kaduna to Kano and was rushed to hospital. Now has recovered. Nobody is reporting this why?

    • Tunsj

      What are you trying to say that “Buhari is fainted this month”? You sound ridiculous.

    • kinsly

      Olodo.

    • Akiika

      dd = dindinrin!

    • Best

      Oponu

  • Eze1

    Madam Minister submit yourself to House of Rep investigation on your Jet.

  • omojesus

    Powerful woman. The day of recorning is coming when all the atrocities done in secrets will be opened. God dey o!

  • warry

    She should have done this since,they way and manner the FG gave APC room to use the media to slander them is too much. If anybody has evidence of anything against any minister take that minister to court and not use the media to slander persons with unverified figures and cases of corruption. Even Buhari or Tinibu would not accept this madness they allowed. Liar Mohammed and APC. Come to think of it, these ministers were being supervised by an APC dominated house of Reps and PDP dominated Senate. Getting facts on any real corruption shouldn’t be a problem if any and not this madness of blackmail. APC will never take this,and they are not saints. In fact there are more corrupt persons there.

  • anneedu

    Better, if goodluck can do the same it will reduce the stories fabricated by Apc, at least know their superior

  • Etuks

    I have always wondered why PT uses this same pix of Jonathan and Diezanni all the time. But after a critical examination of the pix, I now realize why. But let me warn PT, no coup or rumors of coup will threaten the position of Faka bcos she is fully in charge, has always been and will always be.

    So, if you like keep this pix permanently on your website, there is ONLY one Faka in the world and Jona knows that very well.

  • Guguru

    Deizani Madueke,

    You just made a big mistake by suing these news sources. Premium Times and other sources are now going to go after your loot around the world and report it to Nigerians on their front pages. And, people you least expect internationally, will provide them with the help and assistance they need in order to disgrace you some more.

  • hummm

    She will share the same cell with jona and patience .Her problem has just begun, because it shows that she really stole the 20 million usd. Game on, your worse nightmare has just stared. ODE

  • Dankasa

    Gumurzu you are right, Wahala don come oooO! What we don’t know will soon be available to us as news and through some sources that are excluded from the court order. The woman just within two months this year applied to three countries for asylum and was denied, why is she planning an exit if at lot they know Jonah gonna win election? Wahala De oooO!

  • Dankasa

    Impunity for sale in Nija oooO! Adoke don spoil Nija Judicial system oooO!

  • MC

    APC has ended up hijacking Premium Times as they have done SaharaReporters. How sad! What’s is wrong with doing it right as the press are meant to?This online media outfit was poised to becoming the most respected were it not for partisanship. This was the same path that Tell travelled and went into extinction.

    • Lemmuel Odjay

      It is normal in every political society to have news media that are both pro and anti government, just as there are different political parties, ideologies and their supporters. That is democracy for you. Other than identifying your own like and moving on to them, there is nothing you can do about it. Diversity is the spice of life…

      • MC

        Coherence is the issue I have always had with you Mr Lemmuel Odjay. The last time you angled too much on poetry and ultimately engendered a dearth of clarity. Here and now you use characters like news media being pro and anti government, and ended up suggesting moving on to other sites. Are you saying that ‘yes premiumtimesng is pro APC?”; are you disenfranchising MC from using this site? Has MC caused your party APC too much damage here?

        • Lemmuel Odjay

          Why make it look so obvious when you could safely hang on a hair’s-breadth space, leaving the reader with just enough to make up the rest before you are wrongly accused of party loyalty? For example, one could be pro or against all that Rangers International Football Club stands for. That position comes with its advantages, but the negatives would always outweigh the benefits one gets when, for example, the club has fallen on bad times and is headed for relegation. Nothing the club does would ever draw the fan’s criticism, even if all the defects become glaring to all. That is one major wrong with alignments. Their mind becomes shackled, their eyes never seeing any wrong. To perch in the middle of these extremes is to be unfettered and be able to look in the eyes of either without blinking. Going back many years when the PDP used to display some flashes of good purpose, I was always one of those at the fore front who would jump in the gap with my praises and offerings. Unfortunately and in a long while, there has been nothing worth cheering about in the things I am made to see around me. The schools are a far cry from what they used to be. I have seen far better hospitals spread across this great country, as I have been opportuned to visit every state of the federation more than once in the past. Why has it taken a whole 16 years and trillions of Naira to add just around 3,000 MW only of power to the national grid? Why has corruption become so rife in Nigeria so that little or nothing is left to work with? It is no longer safe to walk the streets of any of our cities at certain hours of the night. Isn’t that bad enough? It makes me feel like a caged animal. And in the absence of good governance, I am back to the trenches once more and Premium Times offered me the psychological platform on which to draw this government’s attention to its lapses. I have always done that without malice. This is my own contribution as a citizen of this country, to keep government on its toes and knowing there are people out there who watching. The day Premium Times shifts away from highlighting these issues, I’d call it a day and move on. I do not want you to be of the opinion that I am pro APC. Far from it. I spare the rod for now and would unleash it if they do win the elections and are caught napping. My allegiance is to this great country that had been raped time and time again by a few among us whose faces appear on either of these political parties. I know some of them but can’t be friends with them as long as the nation suffers under their misrule. I hope you understand where I stand Mr MC?

          • MC

            Well, Lemuel thanks for your refined response. The thing is that the much needed change can never come from APC when men like Tinubu and Atiku hold sway in that party. You mentioned a couple of things that did not improve or got worse during GEJ’s administration but like your analogy on football fanship et al, you did not mention his numerous achievements. Goodluck is the most well-meaning President this country has ever witnessed. His Achilles heel is his extreme trust in humanity i.e. many of those he appoints to work don’t share his vision but he has learnt, on the job, especially during this campaign. We shall enjoy him more in the next dispensation.

          • Lemmuel Odjay

            Whose fault is that. Mine? I have had to live with the consequences of his failed promises. The world cannot wait any longer for another excuse. This duel is between Jonathan and Buhari

          • MC

            I understand how you feel but the thing is that he has to rule us again for another four years. He’s got to complete what he started. Did you know that there’s now a made in Nigeria rice which now sells for N7,000? Soon, it will be cheaper than that and we’ll begin to export rice etc! Come on, let’s have him again bro.

        • Lemmuel Odjay

          Like a football club fan nothing the club does would ever attract your judgment. It does not matter that they are no longer scoring goals or winning any matches. Neither does mean a thing whether they are headed for relegation. All that matters is that they are your club. The parallel line that separate imagination from reality is thin but they’d usually meet before long. I am not a fanatical follower of football clubs or political parties. APC should enjoy their period of grace until they have assumed leadership at the center. For now, they are the only alternative better party

  • Ovos

    I can’t blame her. Its getting too much of you guys

  • Simeon

    Useless and yeye woman. Only in the jungle of Nigeria can this imbecile be a minster. The only thing she has going for her is that she is typical harlot and in Nigeria any harlot messing around with the militants and criminal minded politicians could be a minister. What a country! In the jungle, the lions are kings. In the Nigerian jungle, the thugs and the criminals are the rulers. Shame and shame on all of you mumus

  • tsunami1earthquake

    This woman will not lie low! What’s wrong with her? If she had thought the reports were being faked why did she restrain the NASS from questioning her? What was wrong in subjecting to NASS that had the constitutional right for that purpose? Should Jonathan ever get reelected I’m sure she’d be the first casualty of a Jonathan second term. Maybe the intoxication that led her to the court of law shall, this time around, reveal all those dirt she had been hiding. She thought the court was like the NASS.

    • warry

      How many times more will she be probed. The senate has a report that no money is missing plus a forensic Audit Report. Okay bring out your facts and go and face her in court,and not slander.

  • Ugo

    It is only in Jonathans Government this type of news can emanate. A Government riddled with corruption, which I am a victim. This woman and Jonathan ran Nigeria as if it was their private property. Now that Buhari is stepping in, they be prepared to give account of how they pocketed Nigeria’s monies. THIEVES

  • CHANGE

    The cost of maintaining her private jet is enough to build a refinery in this country. Nigeria earned 12 trillion naira from the export of crude oil in 2014, meanwhile our budget for 2014 was 4.9 trillion. Where is the balance of our income, what happened to the Excess Crude Money former President Obasanjo left behind, what of income from other sectors. All gone into private pockets. And yet a President will have the audacity to tell the world that corruption is not the problem of Nigeria or stealing is not corruption.

    • warry

      My brother the jet issue is in court. Go and challenge her there. My younger brother works in an oil company,all operations are conducted by chartered flights there ,as the locations of their operations are not in the cities, and moreover, they feed all of us and it is a standard practice of safety. The Excess Crude Account issue is well known to all Nigerians.The people shouting change today forced Jonathan to share the money that he does not have the constitutional powers to save it. Specifically, Rotimi Amaechi and some Governors have a case against the FG in the Supreme Court on this matter and an out of court settlement was advised at some point. Remember, when Tambuwal ridiculed Okonjo I weala that you don’t save money when people are hungry. She should stop Okonjonomics and set 50 questions for her.

      • Patrick

        Is the office of the Minister an oil company. Look at what poor leadership has turn you, unable to reason. We were here when an Ambassador of one the European countries to Nigeria told Nigerians that He flies economy class, but His Nigerian counterpart go on first class. That such will not be tolerated in His country because the money belongs the citizens. It is only in Nigeria that things are done the opposite.

      • gejmustgo

        U ARE EQUALLY A THIEF

  • warry

    If APC,Buhari,Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Premium Times, Sahara Reporters, etc have any evidence of corruption against Jonathan, his ministers,Aids,etc,they should bring it out and approach a court of law to prove it or shut up. Let the slander and smear campaign stop. The fact that somebody is doing what you could not do when you were there and you now feel that you want to rule again to do whatever, is not a licence to slander people .

    • Mike

      I AM VICTIM CORRUPTION UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION

    • Mike

      I AM A VICTIM OF CORRUPTION UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION

    • The truth is ugly

      Kai go and wash your pants, look at what you are saying as educated as you are. Such a pity that we have blind people like you in this country. “CORRUPTION IS NOT STEALING” -GEJ
      This is what you want as president, disappointed by your humour

    • Mike

      I AM A VICTIM OF CORRUPTION UNDER THIS SO CALLED GOOD LUCK ADMINISTRATION

    • Filip

      Dont mind him He is part of those enjoying the loots. Even a blind man shivers at the rate of corruption under this administration

  • Mr. Abdin

    This woman has gone mad.

  • CONSCIENCE

    Thief! Bandit!!! Days of reckoning are numbered!

  • BURNING SPEAR

    WAKE———-UP–FROM YOUR REGIONAL- SLUMBER