Diezani Gate: Former Minister, 2 Associates, to Serve 6-Year Jail Term

Three Collaborators in the Corruption case of Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, have been sentenced to six years imprisonment for involving in money laundering and conspiracy.

Today, their convictions, a former Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and her associates, Evan Leo Sunday, Deputy Director for Goodluck/Sambo 2015 Election Campaign and Jitong and Raymond Dabo, former Acting Chairman of PDP, Plateau State respectively, were secured by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal Command.

It was reported that the three were party to some of the fraudulent activities of the former Petroleum Resources Minister as Justice H. M. Kurya of the Federal High Court, Jos, Plateau State, found them guilty of the aforementioned crimes.

Crimes Committed by Diezani Collaborators

Crimes Committed By Diezani Collaborators
Diezani Alison-Madueke

In court, it was alleged that the trio got up to four hundred and fifty million naira (N450m) via fidelity bank through cash and wire transfer procedure by oil companies (name withheld) and Diezani, all in the name of changing the course of the 2015 Presidential Election.

According to Wilson Uwujaren, head of media and publicity at the EFCC, investigation had shown that, on March 26, 2015, the sum of N450million was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by Fidelity Bank Plc Jos main branch and handed over to the defendants in cash after they signed for collection.

However, the defendants claimed that they handed over the money to late Senator Gyang Pwajok, the 2015 Plateau State PDP Governorship candidate, but failed to provide any evidence to support the claim.

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