Former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and a former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, Olajide Omokore, are reportedly to be arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 25, 2019.
A Federal Capital Territory High Court, Apo on Monday, granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission leave to arraign the duo are to be arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.
Trial judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, granted the EFCC leave, after the prosecution counsel, Mr Faruk Abdullahi told the court that while investigations were ongoing, the former minister refused to honour an invitation by the EFCC to appear at the commission and has since left the country to be based in the UK.
The suspects, are 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.
The EFCC revealed that the alleged offence contravened the provisions of Sections 26(1) and 17 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
The counsel for the second defendant, Tayo Adeniyo SAN, told the court that his client was not served with the charges and his client was ready to clear his name.
NAN reports that on November 11, the EFCC confirmed that the process to repatriate the former Minister of Petroleum, Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom has begun.