The Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Wednesday, fixed October 3 for the arraignment of Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum, on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.
The date was said to have been fixed following the absence of Justice Valentine Ashi, a trial judge who was on another official engagement.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was permitted by the court to arraign Madueke and Olajide Omokore, the former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Company, on five counts charge since February 25
Abdullahi, while explaining further, noted that the EFCC had forwarded a request to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) for onward commencement of Alison-Madueke’s repatriation process from the United Kingdom.
He said the absence of the second defendant (Omokore) was linked to the commission’s inability to serve him with the court’s processes.
The prosecutor, therefore, prayed the court for further adjournment to enable the team tidy up its house.
Alison-Madueke and Omokore are both billed to be arraigned on similar five-count charges.
EFCC averred that the accused persons had conspired at different levels to commit the fraud.
The anti-graft body further alleged that the ex-minister accepted gift of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.
The EFCC said the alleged offence, contravened the provisions of Sections 26(1) and 17 of the EFCC Act, 2000.
The suspects are also to be arraigned for allegedly accepting and giving gifts of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.
Recall On November 11, 2018, the EFCC confirmed that the process to repatriate the former Minister of Petroleum, Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom had begun.