Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has reacted to the recent court rulings secured by the EFCC for her to permanently forfeit some cash traced to her. In a statement released by her media team, the embattled former Minister says she cannot forfeit properties or monies that she does not rightfully own.
The embattled ex-minister said the anti-graft agency has never notified her of any evidence or indictment so that she would prepare to have legal representation in court.
“I am deeply disturbed and bewildered by recent media reports claiming that by virtue of an order of the federal high court, I have forfeited to the federal government the sum of $153.3m, which I purportedly stole from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Whilst the reasons for my being out of the country are public knowledge, the principle of fair hearing demands that I should have been notified of formal charges if truly there was a prima facie evidence or indictment against my person linking me with the said issue, so as to ensure that I had adequate legal representation. This was never done. I wish to state that I cannot forfeit what was never mine.