The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured an arrest warrant to initiate the extradition process of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom to Nigeria.
The aim is for her to face charges of money laundering, totaling thirteen counts, brought against her by the anti-graft agency.
These charges cover various jurisdictions including Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Nigeria.
Allegedly, Alison-Madueke appeared before the Westminster Magistrates Court in London in relation to a purported £100,000 bribe.
District judge, Michael Snow, granted her bail of £70,000 and imposed conditions such as an 11 pm to 6 am curfew, mandatory use of an electronic tag, and payment of the £70,000 surety before leaving the court premises.
According to a report from The PUNCH, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) suspected Alison-Madueke of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative oil and gas contracts.
In an informal partnership between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the NCA, Alison-Madueke is currently being tried at the Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
Serving as the Minister of Petroleum Resources from 2010 to 2015, she left Nigeria shortly before the end of President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure. The EFCC has accused her of embezzling $2.5 billion from the Nigerian government during her time as minister.
In a received correspondence on Monday, our correspondent revealed that the spokesperson for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, commented on Allison-Madueke’s arraignment in the UK.
Oyewale stated that in an effort to bring the former minister to trial in Nigeria, the EFCC obtained an arrest warrant and initiated extradition proceedings.
Oyewale further expressed the EFCC’s interest in the arraignment of Diezani Alison-Madueke at the Westminister’s Court in London, UK. He acknowledged that the charges against her in the London court differ from the 13-count charges of money laundering raised against her by the EFCC.
Nonetheless, he emphasized that criminality remains criminality, regardless of jurisdiction, and that no crime should go unpunished.
An arrest warrant has been obtained and extradition proceedings have been initiated to bring the former minister to trial in Nigeria. The Commission is making progress on her trial, and she will soon face the court.
The NCA has stated that Diezani is accused of benefiting from various luxuries and financial rewards, including cash, cars, private jets, holidays, properties, furniture, renovations, staff, school fees, and expensive gifts.
In addition, the NCA has provided evidence to the US Department of Justice, resulting in the recovery of assets worth $53.1 million associated with Diezani’s alleged corruption.