Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke, has broken her long silence on several allegations of financial impropriety levelled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and said she never stole Nigeria’s money.
Mrs. Madueke, in a statement issued yesterday, she said decided to respond to the allegations because the EFCC was taking advantage of her silence to try and convict her in the media.
The EFCC had alleged that the former minister, by an order of a Federal High Court has forfeited $153.3 million to the Federal Government.
“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.
She responded to several other allegations of financial malfeasance against her, saying it was sad and distressing that in spite of all she did for the country, she was still being faced with constant demonisation, unproven accusations and deep personal insults.