Alleged corruption: We’re working on Diezani’s extradition, EFCC tells court, seeks adjournment

Alleged corruption: We’re working on Diezani’s extradition, EFCC tells court, seeks adjournment

- The EFCC has said it is still taking steps to get Alison-Madueke back to Nigeria to face her trial

- Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum, is wanted by the anti-graft agency over alleged financial fraud she committed while in office

- An earlier report, however, indicates that the former minister has taken some steps which could make it difficult for the EFCC to get her extradited

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is intensifying efforts to ensure Nigeria's former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is extradited back to the country to face her trial.

The Nation reports that the anti-graft agency made this known to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, December 3. gathers that the court had earlier acceded to the EFCC's request for the issuance of summons on Alison-Madueke for her to attend court for the purpose of her arraignment on a suit the commission filed against her.

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Alleged corruption: EFCC tells court it's working on Diezani’s extradition
Alleged corruption: We’re working on Diezani’s extradition, EFCC tells court, seeks adjournment. Photo credit: Vladimir Weiss
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The commission, therefore, asked for the adjournment to enable the EFCC to comply fully with the orders of the court to produce the fleeing former minister.

Following the EFCC's application, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned till March 3, 2021, for the report of compliance with the orders or arraignment of the ex-minister.

Earlier, reported that Alison-Madueke was indicted again in another ongoing corruption trial at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

A former Group General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) told the court on Thursday, July 9, how he delivered 12 bags containing $70 million (about N27 billion) to a banker named Charles in Abuja on the instructions of Alison-Madueke.

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Alison-Madueke, a former petroleum minister, has been reportedly appointed as a commissioner for trade and investment for the Commonwealth of Dominica by the country's prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.

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This was after she was also reportedly given the country's citizenship.

The reported acquisition of Dominica's citizenship and the diplomatic passport has caused a huge setback for the EFCC's chances of getting her extradited to Nigeria to face charges.

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Alison-Madueke's alleged crimes

Diezani is wanted by the EFCC in connection with an alleged N23.29 billion poll bribery scam.

The anti-graft agency also wants the ex-minister to account for N47.2 billion; $487.5million; N23,446,300,000 and $5milion (about N1.5billion) in various Nigerian banks.

She is also expected to account for the alleged spending of $6.9 million to buy three 40-feet mobile stages for use during mass public speaking events.

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