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EFCC DEBUNKS DIEZANI’S CORRUPTION CHARGE RUMORS

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DEMILADE TIWO

Contrary to the news making the rounds on social media that the Economic Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has dropped the criminal charges against former Minister of petroleum resources Diezani Alison-Madueke, the commission has said it did not withdraw the charges at any point.

The EFCC in a statement released on Wednesday, enjoined members of the public to disregard the report which it described “misleading”.

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The statement read “the only development was that the commission took a prosecutorial decision to split the initial 14 count charge to enable separate arraignment of the defendant following a spate of adjournments more than one year after the case was listed.”.

The EFCC also disclosed in the statement that since the charges of Diezni were first filed in 2018, attempts to arraign her has been fraustrated by one excuse or the other.

“In more than four times that the matter was called for arraignment, it was either that Lanre Adesanya was sick and bedridden in a London Hospital or Nnamdi Okonkwo was Hypertensive and on admission in a hospital or Stanley Lawson not had had a domestic accident and could not appear in court”. The statement added.

The commission stated that it is aware that the recurring excuses were plans to frustrate the arraignment of the defendants.

However, the EFCC have taken a decision which was disclosed to an open court to separately prosecute the Defendants in different courts, they added that the non-inclusion of other defendants in the original charge does not mean their charge has been exonerated by the EFCC.

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