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Former Minister of Petroleum Dieziani Alison Madueke
The heat on former Minister of Petroleum Dieziani Alison-Madueke is yet to settle with recent report by the Premium Times revealing that about N47.2 billion and 487.5 million dollars in cash and property have been traced to her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). It is believed that these funds would have been able to complete the Lagos-Kano and Lagos-Calabar rail lines.
The EFCC Boss, Ibrahim Magu told the Daily Post that only about 15 per cent of the monies misappropriated by the former Minister of Petroleum has been recovered. The alleged 1.7 billion dollars corruption trial involving Madueke and her associates, including Kola Aluko, Jide Omokore by the US government may have helped to corroborate the claims of the EFCC.
The Federal Government has continued to post recoveries made from forfeiture of cash and financial assets from corrupt politicians.
Take a look across the river, you will find the hometown (Bebelebiri) of the former Minister of Petroleum, Dieziani Alison Madueke
However, the kinsmen of Dieziani are surprised over the corrupt allegations leveled against their kinswoman because their daughter did not give them the impression that she allegedly received money while she was Minister of Petroleum, especially as there was no evidence of investment of such monies in her hometown Bebelebiri in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Our source at the community said that many people there are complaining that despite how popular she is, they are yet to feel her impact.
A visit to the former Minister’s hometown shows a high level of poverty among most residents. The houses are dilapidated, with no access of road or bridge to the community. The children lack educational amenities, they have to cross the river to get to school daily on the other part of Yenagoa. The most common form of employment in the community is local canoe transportation, which is a major source of earning for the women. Also, drug use and cultism is rife in the area.