Petroleum Minister, Alison-Madueke, denies seeking asylum; says she’s going nowhere

Nigeria's Former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Allison-Madueke

Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has denied planning to flee the country to escape alleged corruption charges under the incoming Buhari government.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke struck a defiant tone Wednesday, dismissing allegations that six countries had denied her requests for asylum. The minister said she had no plan to escape as she was not indicted for any offence.

Following her recent meeting with former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, the minister said speculations have been rife that she is looking for a “soft landing” from the in-coming administration.

“I have not sought such assistance because I am not aware that I have been indicted of any crime that I will need a soft landing,” Mrs. Alison-Madueke told journalists at the presidential villa in Abuja Wednesday.

“Over the last four years, I have been severally and unfortunately accused and labeled in so many malicious and vindictive ways.

“I have explained these things and pushed back robustly on these accusations and I have even gone to court on many of them. Yet they keep being regurgitated.

“I think it is unfortunate, particularly when we are moving into a transition period and looking forward to an incoming government which is coming to take over where we have ended,” she said.

While noting that everything that has a beginning must have an end, Mrs. Alison-Madueke said she was surprised at the scale of “malicious libel” directed at her person.

The minister said she has done the best for Nigeria in her present job and has attained many firsts in the history of oil and gas especially in the reforms she has initiated.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke said she was targeted because of her work, and suggested attacks on her were the results of her boldness to bruise powerful interests in the oil and gas industry.

“In this period of time, I have stepped on many big toes, particularly the toes of the cabals that were in the industry when we came in.

“I have said severally said that we will open up the industry to all Nigerians, and we have, but that is not to the pleasure of certain cabals. And I have been continuously maligned because of this.”

According to her, the ministry has taken billions of dollars from multinationals and their subcontractors and put them in the hands of Nigerians through the Nigerian content law.

With the reforms initiated under her watch, she said hundreds of thousands of Nigerians are now playing major roles the oil and gas industry, a situation she said has irked many people.

She lamented that even after the Petroleum Industry Bill was completely revised and reformed, the National Assembly has failed to pass it into law two years after it was presented.

She also said that the refund of the missing $1.48 billion from the accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has commenced.

The embattled minister debunked claims that the money was missing from the accounts of the NNPC, saying that the funds were transferred to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), an NNPC subsidiary.

A forensic audit conducted by the PriceWaterHouseCoopers on behalf of the Federal Government on the operations of the NNPC had shown that the management of the corporation engaged in many questionable deals.

The audit was carried out following allegations by the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi, that over $20 billion was missing from the NNPC accounts.

“PriceWaterHouseCooper’s forensic audit that was done a few weeks ago in its recommendation mentioned that $1.48 billion was owed by NDPC for a bloc that has hitherto been assigned from the NNPC to NDPC which is its subsidiary and they felt that the right process would be that the NPDC will refund that money to the Federation Account,” Mrs. Alison-Madueke said.

“NPDC has apparently started making the refunds and it is also in discussion with NNPC and DPR on same. So the refund has actually begun.”


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  • agbobu

    NOT TOO FAST WE THE PEOPLE HAVE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND AT THE RIGHT TIME, WE WILL DEMAND IMMEDIATE ANSWERS. WE WILL CAUTION THAT THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES MUST NOT THROW STONES AND THAT IF ONE CAN NOT DO THE TIME THEN THAT PERSON MUST NOT DO THE CRIME. WE THE PEOPLE SAY THAT THERE WILL BE NO HIDING PLACE OR PLACES FOR THOSE WHO VERY SEVERELY WRONGED US. THE ALMIGHTY GOD IS VERY GREAT

  • Sword of Damocles

    The petroleum minister is to be commended(burungi kashamu take note). It is good that she is planning to stick around. After all people who have done no wrong have nothing to fear. She should enjoy her free time away from government, let the new team “examine the opaque NNPC books”(if possible), the “paper trail” so to speak, then we can have INTELLIGENT questions(UNDER OATH) for the former petroleum minister.

  • taewo

    The National Peace Committee of Abdulsalami Abubakar has done a good job calming Diezani’s nerves. At least that would prevent her from using her toto and illicitly acquired wealth to former trouble ahead of the presidential inauguration. How that will save her from a long jail term remains to be seen.

  • Prodeco Motorss

    Buy Dangote cement at a promotional price of 1100 naira per bag,Call the sales manager(Shehu Abubakar)on 08066785650 for purchase and delivery.NOTE;A minimum of 100 bags can be purchased.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Those who engineer the hounding of SS and SE public officials because the regions chose to vote for the candidate of their choice in the last presidential elections may be toying with the corporate existence of Nigeria. This kind of fake news and rumour is designed to undermine the peace and cement bad blood in the polity !!

    • Nadeco

      Enough of threats, every region can easily be on its own if there is need. God has blessed every region with what it needs to survive, so, start implementation of your threats asap and let’s see who suffers at the end.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Call it whatever you like,the reality is that if the witch-hunting of the SS and SE by the Yoruba-Fula conspiracy continues to take a toll on those regions just because they voted for a party of their choice,the peace may be threatened .

  • Shimei

    I wish the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari would probe this amazon who shamelessly insists that N20bn is not missing. She’s talking of doing her best which is bleeding the country. What of N2bn travelling expenses?

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Shut the hell up,she did not insist rather Pricewaterhouse coopers,the worlds most respected audit firm insists that no 20 billion was missing. The Yoruba press and their Igbo lagoonisation agenda will ultimately fail.

      • denda

        You shut your mouth! Why has the FG not released the full report if they have nothing to hide.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Did you have to change your Pseudonym for that ?

  • Madam Diezani, May 29th is still over 30days away. Shall appreciate your humble presence in Nigeria by May 30th, 2015.
    It might interest you to note that when this Kanuri tpok over power about 30years ago, some people were jailed for 900 years for mis-appropriating the then market value of a Peugeot Car worth less than US$10,000.Some others kicked the bucket in prison and after prison. For our missing billion of US$, Nigerians have turned SHYLOCKS because they are calling for BODY PARTS. It is either you are not telling the true story of your reappearance, given the recent appointment of a malleable Inspector General of Police.
    For your information, the Buhari of 1984 has not changed one bit but was only properly packaged by the APC.He was almost made Deaf and Dumb to avoid stories that touch to the repitation of the APC.Forget the legal shenanigans, this man remains a Nigerian Army General like OBJ that survived the Nigerian civil war.He will soon be occupying the most powerful Presidential position in the world, so be my guest at the Abuja Hilton on May 30th, 2015. Have you ever imagined the meaning of his raced fist during the last campaigns,which is presently giving some of your colleagues convulsion.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      She lives here and she is married to a retired Igbo military General,she is here and she will be here,get ready to hang out of envy !!

  • Guguru

    Has anyone ever seen a criminal accept that they are a criminal? So goes Deizani.

  • burning spear

    The bastardizing of Nigeria by the mindless, who hate the nation. Monumental injustice to a people: 20 Owners Of Richest Oil Blocks In Nigeria Without the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found. They constitutes the main opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan today. Read on:

    (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. This business is second to none in Nigeria. That is why any attempt to investigate the activities in this sector will always be futile. The money is so much that they give bribes in millions of dollars. A birthday gift or child naming gift from an oil block owner to a government official could be as paltry as $2million dollars, and if the official’s father died, the condolence gift could reach mere $3 million dollars. When they want to bribe legislators, it is in millions of dollars and any ongoing investigation ends within weeks. They are so confident that with excess money they can buy up Nigeria and they are succeeding

    (2) OML 110 with high yield OBE oil fields was given Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Daribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

    (3) OPL 246 was awarded to SAPETRO, a company owned by General Theophilus Danjuma, by Sanni Abacha in 1998. Akpo condensate exports about 300,000 barrels of crude daily.

    (4) NOML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello in 1999. Sanni Bello is an inlaw to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria.

    (5) OML 115, OLDWOK Field and EBOK field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi from Niger State. Indimi is an inlaw to former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

    (6) OML 215 is operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Gambo.

    (7) OML 108 is operated by Express Petroleum Company Limited is owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata.

    (cool OML II3 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Pet Ltd is owned by Alhaji W.I. folawiyo—————–not one Ijaw man owns any oil block in Nigeria

    • tuby NY

      Hmmm! True talk tho.. allegedly or FACTS? Sad, but I only knw bout the one d late dreaded Abacha gav to T Danjuma n he sold it 2d Chinese years ago.

  • burning spear

    when we warned Nigerians against the vindictive nature of Buhari and—–Obj–they laughed it off—-here is a man who was taken to court—-over perjury–concerning his fake certificate—instead of chasing those who said he has no certificate–he is relaxing like a deaf and dump person—Buhari will start from PDP—but will never never never touch tinubu–or ask the police to investigate his certificate —issue–effcc is just playing to the gallery—————————————————————because he is PDP————PERIOD–TINUBU WHOM HE CALLED A THIEF WANTS HIM DEAD—Nigerian WHO AIDED BUHARI VAI THE USA WILL SOON KNOW KHAKI IS NO LEADER——WHEN BUHARI STARTS TO EXPAND PRISONS IN BAUCHI

  • Screw-em

    FELA of blessed memory, referred to comments from a known slut as 2.3 Gpa “Architect” Diezani as “Shakara Oloje”. Empty Braggadocios on slippery Banana peel. She is SCARED stiff!!! afraid of the inevitable public flogging and sadly to be exposed NAKED for all to see. What a revolting sight…..Damn!!!…. What l will suggest to her is: use the 30 or so days of Freedom remaining under the “groins” of the Otuoke dweeb to prepare for the running train coming at her after May 29th, 2015. The first port of call will be the EFCC. Sai Buhari must instruct and direct all serving Ministers and Head of the Security Agencies under Dumbo to promptly hand over their Nigerian and Foreign Passports; be it diplomatic or whatever to EFCC until all investigations regarding our stolen $300billion -adjusted revenue from sale of oil has been established. Sai Buhari, through your transition team, begin to hone in on potential replacement of the Service chief’s, to ensure some semblance of continuity and stability. Have them move in within minutes right after the swearing in ceremony on the 29th, of May 2015. Do not move into Aso Rock right away, until every floor is scoured for IDE’s and scrubbed of the evil witch brew smeared on the walls and floors of the presidential residence while Sheppo held sway with the witches of okrika in the inner covens, Take your own bottled water and do not drink any “tea” or “coffee” either….Folks, the battle ain’t over…they have land and house mines/bombs strategically hidden all over town waiting for a slight slip on Sai Buhari’s part…..we must remain VIGILANT!!!!

    • Screw-em

      Most of the Stolen funds are holed up in Zenith Bank and UBA. I will suggest Sai Buhari, ease the CBN Governor out, direct the temp.-Gov. to immediately remove the CEO’s of both banks out quickly, to secure the ledgers. What 9ja’s will hear in the coming months will most possibly trigger a “Revolution” never before witnessed in the History of this Nation. Have Emir Sanusi and Ribadu and a few other notable personalities head an investigative committee to begin the clean up of the stable. This time around it will engulf those, and rightly so most within the dying PDP and unfortunately a huge chunk of the APC gravy train seekers also.

  • Nadeco

    Madam, many of us in this country don’t have access to national purse and cannot even afford oil block but I wish ot know why we have been buying Kerosene at between N100 and N150 per litre when the actual pump price is N50? Who gained from the excess of N50-N100 over these years? Please answer this question before you leave office.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Just have some patience,the APC magicians are around to sort things out.

  • Stalin

    Diezani you and your surrogates Ben Peters -AITEO..being the number one “culprit in Thief” and beneficiary of your thievery. and looting..,Igho Sanomi,Walter.Tonye…Haruna Momoh,your brother TiMI and your houseboys UFO and co…..would all be summarily matched to the gulag at the appropriate time…….Everything you think you were doing in secret would be flushed out into the open…All the kerosene rackets ,round tripping….stealing of products at the refineries and re-importing back into the countryand colle cting subsidy on it..the gigantic fraud that is your crude swaps barter transactions.

    The cooking of the books that Ben learnt and perfected under Saayu will not save him as we shall turn back the hands of time as regards him.Power has changed hands and your greed, arrogance and empowering bold faced robbers and agberos like Ben Peters who detests you secretly and have all been singing like canaries to save thier own hide will be your biggest undoing…

  • True Nigerian

    Liar! Liar! with pants on Fire! Madam, as Minister of Transport, you were indicted by the Senate in 2008 for strangely paying out about N30b between 20th and 30th December 2007/08, which you paid as full payments for contracts that were never done. The Senate referred your file to the EFCC. Yaradua was about to sack you because of the findings. But luckily for you, he died and Nigeria’s most corrupt president – Goodluck Jonathan – came into power. Instead of sacking you, he promoted you to Minister of Petroleum, a position in which both of you have wreaked havoc on Nigeria’s economy.

    Diezani, in any other country that has some decency, you will be in jail within months from now. These lies just won’t wash.

    Shameless impudent liar! Kerosene has been selling for N100 to N150 per litre, despite the fact that you have been paying out billions of dollars in the name of kerosene subsidy that should keep the retail price of kerosene below N50.

    God save you if people like me are in power, because you would be in jail even before you are convicted. No country has a future if it has public officials like you. And that is why you should receive no mercy from the rest of us. You are wicked, heartless, callous and utterly dangerous. Intelligent societies always put your types away in order to avoid the calamity that befalls the majority as a result of the mean and callous characters like you.

  • Samuel Orji

    This is the handy work of anti-Alison Madeuke. She has brought to Nigerians and many others the freedom to invest in the petroleum sector and many Nigerians are now billionaires under her transparent leadership and accountability. Please lets stop all this blatant lies against her because she is the best petroleum minister Nigeria has ever have.

  • Blessing Nnena

    For many years Nigerians have suffered tremendiously from too many hike in the price of petroleum product but her emergence as the minister of petroleum had freed Nigerians from this oil cabals who made sure they had total control of the price index but saw her as a threat. For so many years the price of petroleum product have remained constant and available to all Nigerians so this cabals had brought nothing but propaganda against her.

  • Destiny Whyte

    I heard her this in the radio when she was addressing people about this that she will not go anywhere but stay in Nigeria because Nigeria she her country and she don’t have any reason staying or running to any country. People are only trying to bring down because she didn’t agree to their evil plan to steal for this country.

  • Emeka215

    For this one time am so proud to say “This Lady’s gat ball”.. Period!!