June 5, 2023

The application by Diezani Alison-Madueke, former Minister of Petroluem Resources, seeking to be joined as a defendant in an alleged N450m fraud case in Nigeria, has been rejected by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa described the former Minister’s application as bizarre and a misuse of court processes.

The judge held that he would not allow himself to be used to frustrate Diezani’s imminent trial in the United Kingdom.

Aikawa rejected all Diezani’s prayers, including an order to compel the Attorney General of the Federation to repatriate her from the UK.

The former Minister had on October 3, 2017 signified her interest to return to Nigeria and defend criminal charges against her.

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