UK detectives storm Nigeria over Diezani

UK detectives storm Nigeria over Diezani

- Ahead of preparation for the trial of Diezani Alison-Madueke detectives from the United Kingdom have come to Nigeria for what seemed to be a final lap of investigation

- Diezani Alison-Madueke has been standing trial on allegations bordering money laundering

- The high court of the Federal Capital Territory, Apo had earlier fixed October 3, for the arraignment of Alison-Madueke

Detectives from the UK are currently in Nigeria to gather more evidence in the probe of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, who has been standing trial on allegations bordering money laundering.

Reports by The Nation claimed that the detectives, who met with officials the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have been in the country for a week in what appeared a final lap of the investigation.

The newspaper quoted a source as saying, “It is a major case the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK has been collaborating with the EFCC to probe.

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“A few weeks ago, EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu, was also in London to compare notes with similar agencies on this case. You will recall that Magu in November 2018 made it clear that Nigeria was tired of waiting for the trial of Diezani by the UK.

“But after the initial issues between EFCC and UK agencies, there were talks which revealed that those at the London end were making painstaking investigations.

“After Magu’s visit to London, the investigation of Diezani assumed enhanced dimension because some grey areas were cleared.

“The coming of the detectives from London was meant to fill some gaps, get additional evidence and crosscheck a few findings on their part.”

The source added that the mutual assistance in criminal matters bill, 2019, signed into law recently by President Buhari, might help in confiscating Diezani’s assets at home and abroad.

According to him, “The new law will certainly assist the EFCC and other security agencies in bringing some of these looters to justice.”

The source said, adding that the law will hasten EFCC’s action on Diezani and suspicious assets traced to her.

Legit.ng previously reported that the high court of the Federal Capital Territory, Apo on Wednesday, May 22, fixed October 3, for the arraignment of Alison-Madueke on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.

The court granted EFCC leave to arraign Alison-Madueke, former chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, Olajide Omokore, on five counts on February 25.

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