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N30trn allegation: Okonjo-Iweala takes legal action

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Former Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said that she was never served any court processes in relation to the the allegation by former CBN governor Professor Charles Soludo that N30 trillion was missing during the past administration.

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had in a judgment ordered former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Federal Government to “provide information on the spending of the alleged missing N30 trillion which represents some accruable income to the Federal Government during the last four years of the Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan”

But a statement signed by Paul C Nwabuikwu, her Media Adviser said that she has instructed her lawyers to take steps to set aside the judgment as it affects her.

“MISSING” N30 TRILLION: OKONJO-IWEALA REBUTS SERAP, TAKES LEGAL ACTION

Our attention has been drawn to media reports regarding a court judgment alleged to have been entered against the Federal Government of Nigeria and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in respect of an action by the Socio-Economic Rights Agenda (SERAP) pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.

The High Court, according to the media reports, ordered the Federal government and Dr. Okonjo Iweala to provide information relating to N30 trillion Naira allegedly unaccounted for.

Please note the following:

·Dr Okonjo-Iweala hastens to state that she was never served with any court processes in relation to the said matter. She has not read the judgment and would therefore defer any comments on the matter.

·However from the media reports, the case was instituted in February 2015 but was not served until July 2015 after Dr Okonjo-Iweala had already ceased to be the Minister of Finance.

·By the date the said papers were purportedly served Dr Okonjo-Iweala was no longer a public officer and could therefore not be the subject of a request for production of any documents or information under the Freedom of information Act.

·The Court processes must have been served on others because the attention of Dr Okonjo-Iweala was never drawn to the matter in which she appears to have been sued personally. She therefore did not engage any lawyer to act for her in the matter.

·The decision of SERAP to anchor its case on a baseless and unsubstantiated allegation by former CBN governor Professor Charles Soludo that N30 trillion – about seven times the total annual budget during the Jonathan administration – is missing confirms SERAP’s dubious motives and its role as a tool for politically motivated actors.

·It is curious that the first time Dr Okonjo-Iweala is being made aware of a matter filed against her in court is in news reports reporting the delivery of judgment. She has instructed her lawyers to take steps to set aside the judgment as it affects her.

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48 comments

  1. Rose Obioma Aniagoh

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    Ma we know that you did not steal any money! But we are also happy that you can give a very transparent account of your stewardship!
    Just relax because God is in control!

  2. Patrick Odunze

    The only thing APC led Federal Government good at doing is to rubbish names some people spent fortune to build. Meanwhile, they are worse than what they call others. They could not improve on any single the past administration let behind. On the contrary, all the achievements of past administration have nosedived heading to oblivion.
    The wicked shall not go unpunished!

  3. This is one those ploys to deceive the gullibles and divert attention from pms wahala and ailing economy

    • Brother let them try their best. They will soon realise that though majority of Nigerians maybe silent, we are no longer as gullible. Very soon they will come to realise that the eyes in tears still sees. Nigerians in the last general elections were made to realise and believe, that after all their votes do count, that with our votes we can push even the “almighty” out of the way. No wahala, make them dey show themselves. Very soon we will show ourselves…… #oureyesareopen

    • I love your optimism, but a party that is hell bent in frustrating all known opposition with all measure of impunity can not be trusted to guarantee a free and fair election. Some key members of pdp are still in detention without trial. A party who forced a fulani innec chairman in the tenor of fulani president can not be trusted with level playing ground. This situation has never happened in Nigeria. This is indeed a one chance change

    • All of u supporting looting will also be looted and u will see how it look like.

    • Who is supporting looting? If you believe and are convinced that pmb is really fighting corruption, that means you can believe anything. A country that is replete with a retinue of diverse known corruption personified and majority of them are largely untouched and you say they are fighting corruption? Hmmmm

    • We shouldnt conclude nw maybe she followed or not

  4. Charles McCarthy

    Every looting solution of Nigeria lies with this lady, no lie. Every thieving intrigue will be solved whence investigation and charges by EFCC are levelled against her.

  5. Yeye APC, campaigns is over,

  6. Waiting them (apc) no go do…

  7. Divertion ni. Look d economy boo.

  8. If this money are recovered please are they for APC , PMB or Nigeria?

  9. That is good madam never allow this clueless fellow to rubbish you reputation again.

  10. People will later take EFCC to court for image killing, when they r not found guilty by d court.

  11. I think enough of this clue or cluless,Nigerians are hungry,there is mass unemployments,civil servant are owes months,ANGEL BOW FR Angels and they dont obstructs each others,lets d probe ongoing and at d same time welfare of d populace be paramounts too,states all over d federations needs bailout again to offset wages and our Efcc shld live up to expectations by prosecuting any state that diverts d bailout fr just selfish reasons, What is d usefulness of mansions builts here and there without moral education and wellbeing of our children becos at d end of d day this children wil sell d house at give away price just to feed, its when ones tummy is satisfied before we talk of left over,We shld not tempt God becos an angryman wil remain angryman or is it a sin to be a Nigeria?Nigeria is that country flows with milk and honey in abundance but due to not getting it right with God becos of our sins and untill we go back to God our leaders may not get it right,Awake Nigeria from your slumber lets d religious leaaders declare even a day national fast ,u wil all see what will happens,May God direct our leaders right so owes salaries wil be paid before ends of next months so state wil not record any civil servants,pensioners and Nigerians die of hunger and suffers in d midst of plenty again Amen,

  12. SOLUDO, ‘U WON JOIN BOKO PIPO’?

  13. how did they know is trillion that is missing maybe they miscount the zeros (000) Did APC government went to school? a beg madam don’t mind them.

  14. Jonathan will also say so !.
    They should go to court for further clarifications.

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  16. apc ole ple madam don’t mind them oooo

  17. This woman is a national treasure and her personality should not be dent. APC must take their dirty politics else where! People like Ngozi Okonjo should be made the president of this country not illiterates like Buhari.

  18. She has the right to sue the idiots.

  19. Pls can somebody tell apc groups of lairs to apologize to all Nigeria .

  20. Trust you, my able former Minister.

  21. Your able looter. If she’s not guilty of embezzlement, she should surrender herself for investigation. The game plan is to use court to delay investigation, let wait and see the end of the looting season. No escape for wrong doers. They always found to deny at initial stages just to change story at the mid stage. They can only delay, justice must be done. Why justice must be done is the looted money belongs to all Nigerians. After well remunerated they still have gut to steal public fund that belongs to the less privileged, God would not allow the corruption with impunity go without punishment from Him. Amen

  22. Apc pls 4gt aldis nd save 9gar

  23. In 1983 when the Buhari overthrew Sahari government, he arrested all the southern Govs and free the northern…, he jailed Chief Ekweme for 350years alleged that he looted #120m while the total proposed Budget for was #100m. While his brother (Sahari) was in house arrest in lkoyi in Lagos. My question is, how much were the total Budget of that government for that 5 years? Or the total Revenue or Net Revenue? The tribal nature of Buhari should minimize by now with his AGE.

  24. Sakiru,ur name sound d way u reason,may be u reason from ur anus?

  25. Whats wrong with Soludo sef?

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