EFCC Pushes For Former Minister Diezani To Be Extradited To Nigeria To Face Money Laundering Charges


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to approach Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami ( SAN) this week with a request to file charges against Mrs Alison-Madueke based on its findings.

They seek for the extradition of the former Minster to face Money Laundering charges in Nigeria. As part of its investigation, the EFCC had traced N47.2 billion and $487.5million to the ex-minister.

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, ordered the final forfeiture of the property. According to a fact-sheet, the EFCC has concluded the investigation of the allegations against Mrs Alison-Madueke.

More than 50 suspects in some of the cases linked with her have been arraigned in court, especially the alleged N23.29billion 2015 poll bribe.

The EFCC review team felt it will be “in the interest of justice to extradite the ex-minister to Nigeria for trial”. She is believed to be in Britain.

Some of the investigated allegations against the ex-Minister, with substantial evidence, include the following:

Release of $1.3b NNPC cash to the Office of the national Security Adviser (ONSA) in 2014 to fight kidnapping in Niger Delta; whereabouts of $18.5billion earnings by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); $15.8billion NLNG dividends between 2000 and 2014 (especially about $9b component between 2010 and 2015); $1.7billion oil contracts involving Mrs Alison-Madueke and two business associates;
N23.29b 2015 poll bribery scam; $37.5m property on Banana Island; and Acquisition of many properties at home, in Britain, and in the UAE

A source, who spoke in confidence, told The Nation that: “The EFCC has reached a convenient bend to request for the extradition of Diezani from the UK. Most of the cases against her have reached maturity level for her trial at home. The commission will formally approach the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mallam Abubakar Malami( SAN) to assist it to invoke the extradition treaty between Nigeria and the UK against Diezani.




Source: Daily post