The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL has charged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to go after the N47.2bn and $487.5m in cash and properties recently traced to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
In a well published article co-authored by two officers in the EFCC’s Public Affairs Directorate, Tony Orilade and Aishah Gambari, with the title “Diezani Alison-Madueke: What an appetite,” it was revealed that the EFCC discovered several of Diezani’s landed properties scattered all over Lagos and other parts of the country in the course of its investigations. Cash, very expensive jewelries and trinkets were also discovered according to the EFCC.
Mr. Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman of CACOL who reacted to the revelations said “beyond the publishing of this article and exposition of the suspected proceeds of corruption traced to the former Minister, the EFCC should act fast on the facts deriving from its investigations with the ultimate motive of repatriating the funds to the coffers of the country.”
“Such humongous resources will surely go a long way in assuaging a chunk of the pains of the Nigerians who have been raped by corrupt and wicked public officials such as Diezani that divert commonwealth for their self-aggrandizement.”
“The Commission should adopt every legal and constitutional means to achieve this just like it has achieved the forfeiture of the corruptly acquired $37.5m mansion on Banana Island owned by the apparently incurably inept former Minister.”
“The EFCC should act fast before these resources are re-looted as far the Commission’s investigations have enough facts to establish grounds for culpability in terms of criminality. Elements like the former Minister validate and reveal how well-seated corruption is in our public offices and spaces. We should spare no rods in dealing with those the laws have caught up with to serve as deterrent to other corrupt elements pervading our public offices.”
“Therefore, the EFCC should complete their investigations diligently, if it has not been completed, it should utilize the courts to repatriate the funds, properties etc. where illegality is established.” He concluded