EFCC Arrests Former Petroleum Minister’s Husband, Alison Madueke

Alison MaduekeAn anti-graft agency in Nigeria has arrested Rear Admiral Alison Madueke, the husband of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

Rear Admiral Madueke was arrested on Wednesday morning in Abuja by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

A source at the EFCC confirmed the arrest of the husband of the former Minister, saying he was quizzed for several hours for allegedly laundering over $600,000 through his personal accounts.

Although he has been released on administrative bail, the EFCC said he would return on Wednesday for more questioning.

Last year, Mrs Alison-Madueke was invited for questioning by the metropolitan police to answer questions bordering on alleged money laundering.

She had left Nigeria after the current administration took over power in May 2015.

Rear Admiral Madueke’s arrest is the latest in the series of arrests that have been made by the anti-graft agency since the anti-corruption war heightened after the current administration took over office.

 

Army Asks EFCC To Investigate 12 Officers

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army has forwarded the names of 12 officers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said three serving and one retired Major Generals, three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel were in the list.

The Army stated that at the end of the Commission’s investigations those found culpable would be tried by a military Court Martial.

No reason was given for the submission of the officers’ names to the anti-graft agency, but the agency has of late heightened the fight against corruption, taking top government officials of the past administration to court for money laundering and other related charges.

Court Clears Fani-Kayode Of Money Laundering Charges

Court Clears Fani-Kayode Of Money Laundering ChargesA Federal High Court in Lagos in south-west Nigeria has discharged and acquitted a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, of money laundering charges.

Delivering her judgement on Wednesday, the judge, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, said the prosecution’s case was “feeble” and failed to provide “copious evidence” linking Mr Fani-Kayode to money laundering.

After the judgement, Mr Fani-Kayode told reporters that the verdict was the “doing of the lord” and an end to a nightmare.

Want Of Proof

Mr Fani-Kayode, trial began in 2008 before Justice Ramat Mohammed, after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed a case against him for allegedly laundering about 100 million Naira (about $500,000) while he was the Minister of Culture and Tourism and subsequently, Aviation.

The allegedly laundered sum was, however, reduced to 2.1 million Naira on November 17, 2014 after the court dismissed 38 of the 40-count charge levelled against Mr Fani-Kayode for want of proof.

The anti-graft agency’s prosecutor, Festus Keyamo, at that time urged the court to uphold the remaining two counts and to also convict Mr Fani-Kayode, as he could not exonerate himself of the allegations.

Mr Keyamo said: “The object of the charge is that Mr Fani-Kayode transacted in cash sums above 500,000 Naira, which was the threshold stipulated by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act”.

He had argued that Mr Fani-Kayode admitted making such transactions in his confessional statement made to the anti-graft agency on December 22, 2008.

‘Proven Beyond Doubts’

According to him, “transactions which are done without going through financial institutions, is what comes under the definition of money laundering” and these are the charges against the accused person.

“Once you cannot explain the source of the large sum of money found on you, you are guilty of money laundering. If the prosecution must show where the money is coming from, then the whole essence of the money laundering law is defeated.

“It is not in all cases that the burden of proof lies on the prosecution; the burden at this point shifts to the accused person,” Mr Keyamo further argued.

However, a counsel to Mr Fani-Kayode, Ifedayo Adedipe, in his summary argument, maintained that Mr Fani-Kayode made no confession to the EFCC, as claimed.

He argued that the anti-graft agency failed to show that Mr Fani-Kayode accepted a cash sum of one million Naira as alleged, claiming that the EFCC also failed to show to the court the person who handed the cash sum to the accused person.

Mr Adedipe further stated that for the case of the prosecution to succeed, it had to be proven beyond reasonable doubts.