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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

FG Sue Sterling Bank Over Diezani’s N7.6bn Kept In The Bank

The Federal High Court in Lagos has requested Sterling Bank Plc to temporary relinquish to
the Federal Government an aggregate of N 7, 646, 700, 000 said to have been unlawfully kept in the bank' s care by a previous Minister of Petroleum Resources , Mrs . Diezani Alison - Madueke.Justice Chuka Obiozor made the order following an ex parte application argued before him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He adjourned till August 28, 2017 for the bank and any other interested party to appear before him to show cause why the funds should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government .

The EFCC had told the judge that the N 7. 6bn was part of a sum of $153, 310, 000 which Diezani allegedly siphoned from the coffers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation sometime in 2014.

The anti -graft agency said Diezani stashed the money in three banks, adding that the Federal Government had since February last year , through an order by Justice Muslim Hassan of the Federal High Court , recovered part of the money from the other banks.

The anti - graft agency recalled that the Federal Government had recovered N 23. 4bn, $5m and another N 9. 08bn out of the $153. 3m .
It urged the court to order Sterling Bank to deliver up to the Federal Government the N 7. 6bn still in its custody.

In an eight- paragraph affidavit , an operative of the EFCC , Usman Zakari , averred that Diezani laundered the N 7. 6bn in connivance with other officials of the NNPC .


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