Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has again denied looting over $90 billion, as alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The former Minister, who made this claim in a statement on Tuesday, disclosed that the EFCC was taking advantage of her silence, to try and convict her in the media.
The statement reads: “I wish to state I cannot forfeit what was never mine. I do not know the basis on which the EFCC has chosen to say that I am the owner of these funds, as no evidence was provided to me before the order was obtained, and they have not in fact, served me with the order or any evidence, since they obtained it.”
“Let me re-state categorically as I have always maintained, for the record, I have not and will never steal money from or defraud the Federal Government of Nigeria. I am willing to respond to charges brought against me, that follow duly laid down procedures”, she said.
She continued: “Let me once again state for the record that this is another figment of the author’s imagination, which given the persistent bid to ensure my destruction, and stick all of the sins of the corruption that plagued oil and gas sector in the last 30 years upon my head, probably emanated from the EFCC itself.