Nigerian group to take anti-Diezani protest to British prime minister over alleged corruption
- The Nigerian group championing the move to get Diezani Alison-Madueke back to Nigeria says it is taking its protest to the UK
- The protesting group, co-led by Charles Oputa, says it will march to the 10, Downing Street office of the British prime minister to make its demand known
- An earlier protest by the group in Nigeria resulted in a promise given them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The fate of Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former petroleum minister, is currently hanging in the balance over a push by some Nigerians to get her extradited to face corruption charges.
The protesters, led by Charles Oputa, better known as Charly Boy and head of the OurMumuDOnDO, are reportedly planning to storm the 10, Downing street Westminster London office of the British prime minister, Theresa May, to make their demand known.
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Legit.ng learnt that the planned protest would hold very soon.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting group in Abuja, its co-convener, Deji Adeyanju, said: “Before this week runs out, our comrades in the UK are going to stage a protest at the entrance of 10, Downing Street to drive home the point of ‘Bring Back Diezani’
“We will appeal to the British government saying: ‘If Diezani Allison-Madueke is just allowed to be prosecuted in London, it will merely amount to a pat on the back’, because her contravention of the British laws and the punishments therein are minor compared to what awaits her here in Nigeria.
“There are real allegations in Nigeria that she needs to answer to. So, we will be appealing to the British government to send her back to Nigeria so that she can properly be charged.
“As we speak, the plan for the London protest is in top gear. We are also mindful of the fact that she is slated to appear before a British court in September.
“We are also planning something for court appearances in the UK.
“We just want to drive home the point that she has to be repatriated to Nigeria to face punishment for her alleged crimes.”
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The plan to continue the protest in Nigeria earlier, was stopped following a promise by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that it was working to have the former minister extradited from UK.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reiterated its resolve to follow the rule of law as a group, Concerned Nigerians, led a protest to its headquarters, calling for repatriation of Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources.
Diezani Alison-Madueke was alleged to have siphoned several billions of state funds from the United Kingdom, UK.
Watch this video as it brings to mind the impact of corruption on Nigerians: