Diezani’s headaches begin afresh as EFCC writes AGF, wants ex-minister extradited

Diezani’s headaches begin afresh as EFCC writes AGF, wants ex-minister extradited

- The EFCC says it has written to the AGF for Diezani Alison-Madueke's extradition from the UK

- Alison-Madueke is facing allegations of corruption with Jide Omokore, whose company is into oil drilling

- The anti-graft agency tenders a copy of the letter which was written to the AGF

Nigeria’s former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, may soon have a renewed battle against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as the anti-graft agency is currently seeking her extradition to the country over alleged corruption.

The EFCC said on February 25, 2019, it informed Justice Valentine Ashi of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court sitting in Apo that it has written the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, seeking the extradition of the former minister.

Alison-Madueke is currently said to be in the United Kingdom.

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The EFCC alleged that Diezani and Jide Omokore, a former chairman of an oil drilling company, were supposed to be arraigned by the commission on February 25, 2019, for offences bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.

“They are alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos,” the EFCC said adding that they were to be arraigned on February 25, 2019, on a five-count charge for the offences, which are contrary to sections 26(1) of the corrupt practices and other related offences act, 2000.

Legit.ng learnt that at the last sitting on December 4, 2018, the court had ordered the EFCC and other security agencies, to ensure that she is brought to court 72 hours after she returns to Nigeria, for her to face the fraud charges.

It was also learnt that at the resumed sitting on February 25, 2019, prosecuting counsel, Faruk Abdullahi, informed the court that the commission has written to the AGF, seeking for the extradition of Diezani.

“The commission has written the AGF, with a view for the extradition process so as to enable her face her trial, as she is still in the United Kingdom,” he said.

Titled ‘Letter Of Request To Extradite Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke From The United Kingdom’, it was received by the office of the AGF on December 14, 2018.

It read: “The commission recently filed charges against Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke in both the Federal High Court (Charge No. FHC/ABJ/CR/208/2018) and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (Charge No. CR/22/2018). The latter case came up on December 4, 2018, wherein the presiding judge (Honourable Justice Valentine B. Ashi) issued a warrant for her arrest to enable the commission apprehend and produce her to stand trial.

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“In view of the foregoing, I humbly request the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), to make an extradition request to the relevant authority in the United Kingdom to initiate process of extraditing Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke back to Nigeria to stand trial.”

According to the prosecution. Omokore will soon be served.

The case was adjourned to May 22, 2019, for arraignment.

Legit.ng earlier reported that EFCC reportedly interrogated the finance director of the Department of State Service (DSS), Kunle Kadri, for alleged fraud and mismanagement of public fund.

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