Justice Valentine Ashi of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, sitting in Apo, has granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leave to arraign the immediate past minister for Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke, and former chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, Olajide Omokore.
Omokore is believed to be a close ally of Alison-Madueke while in office as minister.
The duo will on the 25th February 2019, face trial on a five count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.
Both Alison-Madueke and Omokore were allegedly involved in accepting and giving a gift of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.
EFCC Counsel Faruk Abdullahi said the alleged offence contravened the provisions of sections 26(1) and 17 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
Abdullahi told the court that while investigations were ongoing, the former minister left the country and is currently in the United Kingdom.
He also said that Alison-Madueke refused to honour the invitation, but acknowledged that there is a process in place to ensure she comes back to face trial.
Counsel to Omokore, Tayo Adeniyo, informed the court that his client was not served with the charges and his client was ready to clear his name.
The court, however, granted the EFCC leave and ordered the EFCC to put its house in order before the trial date.
EFCC had in November confirmed that the process of repatriating Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom had commenced.
Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had urged the federal government to have her repatriated to Nigeria to face corruption charges against her.
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