Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has slammed a N100 billion defamation suit against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Attorney General of the Federation.
Ms. Alison-Madueke is claiming that the EFFC caused her reputation damage following a series of publications by the commission alleging that she stole billions while in office.
According to the court filings, she claimed that the EFFC depicted her as a common looter of the national wealth and a debased and corrupt public officer.
“The publications are blatantly false and misleading,” she said in the suit.
Mrs  Alison-Madueke is the claimant and the EFCC is the sole respondent, while the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, is the second defendant in the suit.
The EFCC chair, Abdulrasheed Bawa, had in May said that $153 million and over 80 properties had been recovered from Mrs  Alison-Madueke.Mrs Alison-Madueke is believed to have fled to the United Kingdom after leaving public office as the petroleum minister, a position she held between 2010 and 2015 under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
She is being investigated for money laundering in the UK, an investigation many anti-corruption activists have described as taking too long.In Nigeria, the EFCC has named her in various corruption trials while properties worth billions of naira have been seized from her. She has since filed several lawsuits against the anti-graft authority demanding the return of her assets, which were taken in non-conviction proceedings.
She had also in January filed a lawsuit before the Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate an order obtained by the EFCC for final forfeiture of her seized assets.
But in her fresh lawsuit, Mrs  Alison-Madueke demanded the sum of N100billion as damages against the EFCC for the false publications. She filed the suit at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)court through her counsel Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
She requested “AN ORDER directing the Defendants jointly and severally to pay to the Claimant the sum of N100,000,000,000.00 (100 billion naira) only as damages for the false, injurious, malicious and libelous publications against the Claimant in the 1st Defendant’s publishing platform,and at the instance of both the 1st and the 2nd Defendants. With Peoples Gazette reports

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