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Stop ex-minister Diezani from utilizing my identify, estranged husband urges courtroom

Admiral Alison Madueke has filed a petition within the Lagos State High Court, looking for a authorized declaration to finish his marriage to Diezani and requesting that she cease utilizing his final identify.

He is asking the courtroom to order the previous Minister of Petroleum Resources to revert to her maiden identify, Agama.

This was contained in Madueke’s petition for jactitation of marriage (declaration {that a} marital union has ended).

The ex-Chief of Naval Staff argues that Diezani’s ongoing use of his identify regardless of their marriage being legally over is damaging to his popularity and will result in unintended penalties, together with mistaken legal responsibility, notably given the corruption allegations in opposition to her.

Madueke is a former navy governor of Anambra and Imo states. He married Diezani on June 30, 1999, underneath the Marriage Act.

The petitioner, Madueke, famous that Diezani had beforehand filed for divorce on the Nassarawa State High Court in Mararaba Gurku in November 2021, citing an irreconcilable breakdown of their marriage, looking for to finish their union formally.

He stated he didn’t oppose the go well with, ensuing within the courtroom’s dissolution of the wedding, but Diezani persists in utilizing his surname, regardless of the formal termination of their marital union.

He said, “On the thirteenth day of April 2022, judgment was delivered in Suit No. NSD/MG345/2021 by Hon. Justice A.A. Ozegya dissolving the wedding between the petitioner and the respondent on the bottom that the wedding has damaged down irretrievably.

“The stated dissolution of marriage has now grow to be absolute by the operation of legislation.

“Even although the wedding has been dissolved and is now legally finalised, the respondent continues to make use of the petitioner’s first identify (Alison) and surname (Madueke) as her personal with none justification or consent from the petitioner.

“It is now more than two-years that the respondent continues to use the name of the petitioner to his embarrassment.”

Madueke revealed that he directed his authorized representatives to serve Diezani a proper request on December 14, 2023, demanding that she stop utilizing his surname and revert to her maiden identify, Agama.

However, regardless of this authorized discover, Diezani has failed to reply and continues to make use of his identify.

The petition additional learn, “The respondent has continued to carry out herself because the spouse of the petitioner even when the wedding has been dissolved.

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“The respondent is present process prison trials in each Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The cost in Nigeria is Suit No. FUC/ABI/CR/208/2010.

“The respondent faces public allegations of corruption and monetary misconduct, for which trials are ongoing for each.

“The persistent portrayal of the respondent because the partner of the petitioner is creating embarrassment, a deceptive impression and tarnishing the popularity, integrity, and public picture of the petitioner.

“The respondent’s continued use of the petitioner’s first and surname falsely suggests to the general public a unbroken relationship between the events although similar has since legally ended.

“The respondent’s continued use of the petitioner’s first and household names poses a big danger of authorized and monetary hurt to the petitioner.

“The petitioner seeks the intervention of this Honourable Court to prevent the respondent from further using his first name and surname, thereby safeguarding his image, personality, and reputation.”

Madueke sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining Diezani from additional utilizing his names following the dissolution of their marriage.

He additionally prayed for a perpetual injunction restraining the respondent from additional asserting, by phrases or conduct, the existence of marriage between them.

He is looking for a courtroom order that compels Diezani to revert to her maiden identify and to publicly announce in a nationwide newspaper, each in Nigeria and the UK, that she has ceased utilizing his surname.

Diezani has held a number of vital positions within the Nigerian authorities, together with Minister of Transportation, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, and Minister of Petroleum Resources.

She was additionally the primary feminine President of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, elected in November 2014.

Diezani was accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of embezzling $2.5bn from the Nigerian authorities throughout her tenure from 2010 to 2015 underneath President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Corruption allegations have led to her arrest and authorized proceedings in each Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

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