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Tuesday, 9 February 2016
EFCC goes after Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala
The coast is not yet clear for former ministers, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of the Finance Ministry and Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke of the Petroleum sector as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has insisted on probing the duo.
The Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, made this disclosure in Abuja when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes to defend the commission’s 2016 budget proposals.
“The commission will soon move into the petroleum sector”, he said, while urging the National Assembly to support the efforts of the agency by making more funds available for its operations.
Shortly after Magu’s presentation, a member of the committee, Mr. Razak Atunwa, told reporters that Magu actually informed the committee that Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala and the oil baron would be investigated, Punch reports.
Atunwa was the lawmaker, who asked Magu the question on whether the commission would probe the oil sector.
Atunwa added, “I said the EFCC has recovered a lot of money for Nigeria and he (Magu) mentioned that in that regard, more sectors of the economy are likely to come under investigative activities.
“I said ‘will it include the petroleum sector’? He said, ‘yes’. And I said ‘would it include investigating the following people – Diezani Alison-Madueke, Okonjo-Iweala and a particular oil magnate’, and he said ‘yes’; those people are already under their investigative radar.”