A Federal High Court judge has berated former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, for trying to abuse court process and deliberately attempting to evade justice in the United Kingdom.
Justice Rilwan Aikawa of a Lagos Division of the Federal High Court, made the declaration while delivering a ruling on Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s application on Wednesday.
The Judge said the application was not only a misuse of court processes, but a deliberate ploy to run away from justice in the United Kingdom.
“This is not the proper time to join the applicant as a defendant,” the judge said.
“The applicant has aroused my curiosity as to why she waited this long before coming up with the application for joinder. The court lacks the power to interfere with the powers of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
“The application for joinder is lacking in merit and same is hereby dismissed.”
Alison-Madueke is being investigated for money laundering in the UK where she currently is.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had instituted a five-count charge of money laundering suit amounting to N500 million against Dele Belgore, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, and Abubakar Suleiman, a former minister of National Planning.
The former petroleum minister’s name appeared in the charge sheet as an accomplice and was tagged by the EFCC as being ‘at large.’