Thursday, 4 September 2014

Human Rights Call for Arrest and Prosecution of Adoke and Diezani Alison-Maduke over scandal

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A human rights activist, Comrade Timi Frank, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to order the investigation and prosecution of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, and his Petroleum Resources counterpart, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, for the “shady and illegal deals in the Nigerian oil sector”.
Mr. Frank, through his suit, numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/569/14, wants the court to order the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate and prosecute the two ministers along with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources over alleged fraud.
The EFCC, Alison-Madueke, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Adoke are the first to the fourth respondents respectively.
For him to be able to commence the suit, Frank is first seeking “an order of the honourable court granting the applicant leave to apply for the judicial review of mandamus to compel the 1st respondent (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute the 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents (Alison-Madueke, petroleum resources ministry and Adoke) for fraud and financial impropriety perpetrated on Nigerian people in respect of the shady and illegal deals in the Nigerian oil sector.”
The suit which was filed on July 15, 2014 is yet to be assigned to any judge due to the ongoing judges’ vacation.
The activist, stated as part of the grounds on which he anchored the suit, “The second and third respondents (Alison-Madueke and Adoke) have defrauded and are still defrauding Nigerians through:
“Non-remittance of revenue to the Federation Account as stipulated and provided by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
“Oil theft and bunkering in Niger-Delta; and fiscal terms of the Production Sharing Contracts.”
The plaintiff stated that the EFCC had earlier shunned his letter dated June 30, 2014 requesting it to investigate the ministers with a view of prosecuting them “if they are found wanting”.
In the suit which was filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Abdulkadir Abdullahi, the plaintiff also accused the ministers of “complex swap transactions between Pipelines and Product Monitoring Company and some counter parties”.
He stated in a supporting affidavit, “That the swap contracts include the ones signed between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Societe Ivorienne de Raffinage, between PPMC and Duke Oil Services Ltd and between Duke Oil Services and Taleveras Petroleum Trading BV.
“That the possible areas of loss of revenues to the Federation Account included but not limited to terms of sale, unjustified use of intermediates, verification of ‘equivalent value’ and importation and transportation of products.
“That the failure of the NNPC and the 2nd and 3rd defendants (Alison-Madueke and Ministry of Petroleum Resources) to remit foreign exchange to the Federation Account in a period of rising oil prices has made the Central Bank of Nigeria management of exchange rates and price stability extremely difficult.
“That the aftermath or effect is that the economy has to pay a high price in very high interest rates and tight monetary conditions.”
On alleged fraud allegedly perpetrated by the three respondents in the name of paying of kerosene subsidy,  the plaintiff said, “In dollars, every vessel imported by the NNPC with the federation money cost about $30m and it was sold for $10m or $11m, generating rent of $20m/vessel to the syndicate.”
His affidavit added, “That another conduit with which the 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents (Diezani, petroleum resources ministry and Adoke) milk Nigerians of their commonwealth is the transfer of revenues from oil blocks to NPDC and its business partners like Seven Energy and Atlantic Energy.” 



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