Immediate past minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani Alison- Madueke, has debunked claims that she owns the $18 million residential mansion at Asokoro area of Abuja.
The mansion, which the Al Jazeera Television claimed, in a recent broadcast, to be owned by her, has reported furnishings of $2 million dollars and a bullet-proof gym.
Dismissing the report aired by the Qatar-based television station, she also denied stealing any public money. She said the claims lack any modicum of truth and challenged Al Jazeera TV to buttress its report with verifiable facts.
Speaking for the former minister, her counsel, Dr. Chike Amobi, said rather than rushing to air such damaging allegations, the respected media organisation ought to have done thorough investigation, stressing that Al Jazeera has betrayed want of professionalism in the conduct of its business.
Further, Dr Amobi asserted that rather than steal any money, “our client did her utmost best to protect the interests of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“However, in their haste to achieve high ratings from publishing sensational stories, the producers of the Al Jazeera programme had mischievously neglected to conduct a cursory investigation of the readily available property records, which would have revealed the names and identities of the true owners of the property,” he said and also denied an alleged rebuttal on the claimed EFCC’s impoundment of her expensive jewellery, purportedly valued at about $2 million.
“There was a rebuttal which was widely used in the social media, but which was given credence by the respected Vanguard Online of June 14, 2016, attempting to explain off the fact that it was not out of place for the former minister, who had attained great stature in the society and in the industry to afford the reported jewellery, which the Al Jazeera had advertised that she had acquired with fraudulently obtained resources.
Also, the lawyer has dismissed the so-called reaction which was attributed to the minister who is currently in the UK for cancer treatment, stating that the pedestrian language and syntax used could not have emanated from her.
“Anyone who knows or has spent time with our client would readily attest to the fact that she neither thinks nor speaks in that manner. We, therefore, find it disturbingly worrisome that someone would take the time to publish these seemingly favourable statements and attribute them to our client, without obtaining her consent or her imprimatur on the statements”.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that for some months now, stories purportedly from the EFCC had been making the rounds about the luxury residential mansion allegedly owned by Mrs. Alison-Madueke, a large cache of expensive jewellery said to have been seized by the EFCC in the said building in Asokoro Area of Abuja.
The story gained wide acceptance last week, according to Breaking Times report, when the EFCC granted access to the recesses of the said building at the highbrow Asokoro area of Abuja which was under lock and key, since the anti-graft agency stormed it last year.

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