How Diezani got $115 million, gave N450 million to ex-minister, senior advocate – Witness

Former Petroleum Miniister, Diezani Allison-Madueke

There was a twist on Monday in Lagos in the ongoing trial of Mohammed Belgore and a former Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Sulaiman, for alleged N450 million money laundering as the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was joined in the suit.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s prosecutor had amended the five-count charge and joined Mrs. Alison-Madueke, as an accused in the case at a Federal High Court, Lagos.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke was charged in absentia alongside Mr. Belgore, a one-time governorship candidate in Kwara State, and Mr. Sulaiman.

Messrs. Belgore and Sulaiman were first arraigned in February before Justice Mohammed Aikawa on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering.

At the resumed trial of the two accused persons on Monday, the prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court of an amended charge in which the name of Mrs. Alison-Madueke had been joined as an accused.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke was, however, described as being “at large” in the new charge.

Mr. Oyedepo then urged the court to allow the amended charge to be read to Messrs. Belgore and Sulaiman who were present in court for their pleas to be taken afresh.

The application was not opposed by defence counsel as the court ordered the plea of the accused to be taken.

The accused again entered a “not guilty” plea.

Upon their plea, the prosecution called on its first witness, Timothy Olaobaju, a banker.

Led in evidence by Oyedepo, the witness informed the court that sometime in April 2014, a cash lodgement of about $115 million was lodged into the account of Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

He said that subsequently on March 27, 2015, the accused issued payment instructions to convert the said sums into Naira, and paid to some beneficiaries including Messrs. Belgore and Suleiman.

He told the court that the duo received the sum of N450 million and filled the payment form to acknowledge receipt.

The prosecutor tendered the form filled by the accused in evidence, urging the court to admit same as exhibit.

Justice Aikawa admitted the form in evidence, and accordingly marked them as Exhibits 1 and 1a.

Furthermore, the witness told the court no cheque was issued in respect of the funds, adding that the accused signed the form on March 26, 2015, while they received the money on March 27, 2015.

Meanwhile, counsel representing the accused — B. O. Shofunde and O. Ayanlaja — urged the court to grant an adjournment to enable them cross-examine the witness.

Consequently, the court adjourned the case to March 14 for cross-examination of the witness and continuation of trial.

In the five counts, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was alleged to have conspired with Messrs. Belgore and Sulaiman on or about March 27, 2015, to directly take possession of the sum of N450 million which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of unlawful act.

The accused were also alleged to have taken the said funds in cash which exceeded the amount authorised by law without going through a financial institution.

Messrs. Belgore and Sulaiman were also alleged to have paid N50 million to one Sheriff Shagaya without going through any financial institution.

The offences are said to have contravened the provisions of Sections 1(a), 15, 16(d) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012.

(NAN)


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  • tundemash

    Led in evidence by Oyedepo, the witness informed the court that sometime in April 2014, a cash lodgement of about $115 million was lodged into the account of Mrs. Alison-Madueke.

    And yet some wailers will be here claiming their destiny looters are being witch-hunted even though they have never seen a $10 note in their lives. Isn’t that a curse if you keep defending those who looted your destiny ? Gary, Otile, BurningSpear, MarcusIjele, Damilola, John Graces, Don Franco, etc over to you; defend your destiny looters !

    • George

      Why don’t the animal government include OBJ, Tinubu, your own un-destiny looters.

  • SAM .A

    Diezani Allison Madueke is an epitome of corruption ,a role model in looting and pillage , an embodiment of what men can do women can do better and a Character in Ali Baba and the thieves .This woman outsmart all the men that stole under Jonathan , took the same flight with President elect to London in April 2015 to escape been arrested , or been in same dungeon with Sambo Dasuki . Nigerian would remember, Diezani , Ngozi Iweala and Jonathan said $20 Billion was not missing from NNPC , Jonathan even said America would know if such amount of $ is missing . Now Andrew Yakubu stole and kept billion away has confirmed that Diezani and her partners in looting stole the $20B . They must account for it , they are all the Looting Andrews , pretending sickness and chemotherapy doesn’t deserve sympathy and empathy . We need our $20B back , Ngozi Iweala , Jonathan and Diezani should cough out the money wherever they kept .

    • George

      Oh YES THEY SHOULD COUGH it out and OBJ AND TINUBU KEEP THEIRS. Sorry I forgot OBJ and Tinubu printed their own monies. Silly boy

  • Layo

    These looters deserve to die, they have indirectly killed millions of Nigerians.

    • George

      Start killing the Tinubu family first that is closer to you then we will know you are serious.

  • Sanssouci

    Cash lodgment of 115 Million US$?!?!?!?!

    • dudu

      The nerve of that woman is something else…

      • George

        Nerve for just $115M Dollars, what of the 16B$ UNDER CALLOUS OBJ.

    • George

      That is the highest money you ever heard that lost under any government in Nigeria, oh no, the rest are fakes only this lady own is real.

      $1.8B under the bed-wetting Buhari.
      OBJ $16B for fake NEPA investment.
      Abacha uncountable.
      Abubarka uncountable.
      Umaru dead in kwaration.

      But i FORGET ALL THOSE ARE FAKE only this lady own is real. Sorry Nigerians

  • ALBERT

    The world is still surprise that, in spite of all these massive looting, stealing and primitive accumulation by public officials and politicians Nigeria as a country is still existing and still having a Govt standing. Democracy we fought for, and some paid the supreme sacrifice for it to come into being hoping it would be the best alternative to military dictatorship. Unfortunately, under the cpdm and Jonathan, a democratic elected regime became rogue regimes and transformed Nigeria into a haven for terrorists, corruption, public stealing, impunity and looting brigade. The national wealth and fiscal resources were being shared as `pure water` during funerals.

    • George

      So all the oil monies Nigeria has been making all happens under GEJ and this lady abi, if not, where are the rest monies, on who account have they paid it to.

      • simon tor gideon

        You south-south people always suprise some of us with the way you defend Jonathan anytime issues of this nature are raised concerning the stealing impunity in his administration, and thereafter you blame the North for all the underdevelopment in your region.How on earth can someone just take public funds of this magnitude in the midst of massive suffering and senselessly share it among party cronies and you are there posting this thrash because an ineptitude person who could not control his subordinates was in charge and he happens to be your `town`s man`?This is crazy and must be condemned by all sound minded people for our nation to move forward.

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  • Olatubosun

    This mad is a criminal

  • Olatubosun

    We will stone madueke to death

  • dele20

    This administration is zero-tolerant to corruption

  • dele20

    We say no to corruption in Nigeria, kudos to PMB for being corruption intolerant