The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has confirmed the commencement of the extradition process of former Minister of Petroleum, Allison Madueke, from the United Kingdom, where she’s currently being tried for alleged money laundering.
The acting spokesman of the Commission, Mr. Tony Orilade, gave the confirmation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, 11th of November, 2018, in Abuja.
However, he disclosed that the process is not one that could be done by the commission alone, but one that had to go through the Attorney General of the Federation.
“It is ongoing. Within the next few weeks, the extent to which we have gone will be made known to the public.
“It is not a fresh case; it is not a fresh petition that is just being looked into; the whole process is a total package.
“This request to have Mrs. Alison-Madueke back in Nigeria is just an aspect of Diezani’s investigation and commencement of trial,” he said.
The EFCC had said it traced N47.2 billion and $487.5million to the ex-minister. In 2017, a Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered the final forfeiture of N7.6 billion alleged loot recovered from the former minister to the federal government.
In October 2017, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had said that Nigeria had no immediate plan to bring Mrs. Allison-Madueke back home to face trial.
He explained that bringing her back to the country would truncate the investigation being carried on her in the UK.
“If Nigeria feels strongly that there is the need to bring Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, the government will not hesitate to do that.
“As things stand now, there is no need for that since the UK Government is already investigating her,’’ he had said.
According to NAN, the EFCC spokesman could not, however, say the point at which it became necessary to seek extradition of the former minister.