EFCC withdraws charges against Diezani, Aluko; Omokore, others granted bail

Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of a federal high court sitting in Abuja has struck out the names of former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and a businessman, Chief Kolawole Akanni Aluko, from the criminal charges filed against them, ThisDay reports.

While Madueke is in the United Kingdom, Akanni -Aluko is said to be at large. Justice Nyako struck out their names after the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, made an application to that effect‎. Alison-Madueke and Akanni-Aluko were initially charged alongside Babajide John Omokore‎, Atlantic Energy Brass Development Ltd, Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd, Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere and David Mbanefo for alleged crude oil fraud.

‎However, Omokore and others were arraigned but they  pleaded not guilty to the charges against them. ‎Interestingly, the prosecutor Jacobs, did not oppose the applications, but however told the judge to give them conditions that would make them appear in court for trial. After the arguments on bail, Justice Nyako granted each of them bail in the sum N50 million. Omokore and others were arraigned before the court on a nine-count charge slammed against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

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