A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the aegis of the Say No Campaign Nigeria (SNC-Nigeria) has urged the Federal Government to immediately put mechanism in place for the repatriation and prosecution of a former Minister of Petroleum Diezani Alison Madueke for her alleged corruption charges including the illegal acquisition of property.
The groups while making the demand on Tuesday in Abuja also call for her speedy trial, as part of measures to ensuring sustained success of the government anti-corruption war.
The Director of the SNC-Nigeria Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu who read the position of the coalition said the former minister “has had a trail of overwhelmingly frightening and shocking records of corruption allegations and damning reports of abuse of office against her by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), of which she is yet to be questioned or indicted.”
He expressed disappointment over the inability of the nation’s anti-graft agencies to arraign her despite the outrageous charges leveled against her by the EFCC.
“Unfortunately, two whole years into the administration that is reputed to have zero tolerance for corruption, it has only reported to have confiscated Diezani’s $115million and $37.5million property including the proceeds from rent with no effort to indict her. We called for the supports of the United States of America and the United Kingdom to accede to Nigeria’s request for Diezani Alison Madueke to face corruption charges in Nigeria,” Nwagwu said.
He also urged Nigerians to support the fight against corruption and join the movement that advocates for transparency, accountability and good governance in the interest of national development.
Other members of the coalition include Centre for Transparency and Accountability (CTA), Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Protest to power (P2P), Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa (PAACA) and Youths Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).
According to him Mrs Diezani who served as the Minister of Transportation in 2007, Minister of Mine and Steel Development in 2008 and Minister of Petroleum Resources in 2010, has had a trail of frightening and shocking records of corruption allegations and damning reports of abuse of office against her by the EFCC of which she is yet to be questioned or indicted.
“Despite these rather damning allegations Diezani is yet to be prosecuted. She has since dubiously maintained she is innocent and had challenged EFCC to prosecute her if they truly have implicating evidence against her,” he said.