The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that the process for the extradition of Deziani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum, from the UK has started.
This was disclosed by Tony Orilade, acting spokesman of the commission in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, November 11, 2018. .
According to Orilade, the EFCC’s operations department has made a presentation to the legal department to commence the process, and that it has commenced.
Orilade stated that the action had to be processed through the office of the attorney-general of the federation, explaining that it was not something the commission would commence and conclude on its own. He said that:
“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 extradition is just an aspect of Deziani’s investigation and commencement of trial”.
You will recall that in 2017, a federal high court in Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of 7.6 billion naira alleged loot recovered from the former minister to the federal government.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka granted an application by the EFCC seeking the final forfeiture of the money to the government.
In granting the application, the judge said: “I have read the motion on notice seeking the final forfeiture of the sum of 7.6 billion naira reasonably suspected to be proceeds of unlawful activity.
“I have also gone through the affidavit in support of the application.
“In the circumstances, I am of the view that the application has merit and is hereby granted as prayed. Parties have a right of appeal”.
In October 2017, Abubakar Malami, minister of justice and attorney-general of the federation, said Nigeria had no immediate plan to bring Allison-Madueke back home to face trial.
Allison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had urged the federal government to bring her back to the country to face corruption charges against her.