- The EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, says the anti-graft agency will comply with the court order to produce Deziani Allison-Madueke for alleged fraud
- He said he needed less than 72 hours to produce Deziani, but faced a challenge as she is not currently in the country
- Magu insisted that if the ex minister was here in Nigeria, he will get her immediately and take her before the court
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the commission will comply with the court order to produce former petroleum resources minister, Deziani Allison-Madueke, for alleged fraud.
Ibrahim Magu, the EFCC acting chairman, made this known in an interactive session with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, December 5, NAN reports.
Legit.ng notes that Justice Valentine Ashi of a Federal Capital Territory high court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, on Tuesday, December 4, ordered the EFCC to apprehend and arrest Allison-Madueke within 72 hours.
Others to also arrest the former minister are the Nigerian Police Force, the Department of States Security Service (DSS) and all other security agencies.
Magu said: “I need less than 72 hours; we are going to comply with the court order. It is in our character to comply with court orders. There is no time ever that we refuse to comply with court order. If we don’t comply with court orders, it means we have reasons to appeal against the court’s decision.
“I need less than 72 hours to produce Deziani. How can I get her if she is being protected by forces outside this country? This is my predicament otherwise if it is 72 hours, if she is here, I will just get her."
On the challenges hindering the commission from extraditing Allison-Maduekwe for over three years, the chairman said that other law enforcement agencies outside the country were on the matter.
“She is in the UK and we are making preparations for the process of getting her. We have already gone to court. That was our request for establishing that and compelling the court to declare that we issue a warrant of arrest against her.
“If she is here in Nigeria, I will get her immediately and take her before the court. Our problem is that she is in that country,” Magu said.
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said that the anti-graft agency had asked the United Kingdom to extradite former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, and other Nigerians who have allegedly looted the country’s commonwealth but are hiding in the UK.
Magu said the commission had secured a number of temporary and permanent forfeiture of property and various sums of money unlawfully acquired by persons of questionable character.
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