Court Dismisses Diezani’s Application For Trial In Nigeria
Nigeria’s former Minster of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke continues to be haunted by the ghosts of her actions while she held sway as Nigeria’s energy boss.
She had requested that she be tried in Nigeria over allegations of corruption but a court in Lagos on Wednesday rejected the application, arguing it is an attempt to escape justice.
This decision, as plausible as it could be, could also be interpreted as an admission by the judiciary of its weakness.
Alison-Madueke’s application had sought to be joined as a defendant in an alleged 450-million-naira fraud case in Nigeria.
But Justice Rilwan Aikawa, while rejecting the application, described it as bizarre and a misuse of court processes, stressing that he would not allow himself to be used to frustrate Diezani’s imminent trial in the United Kingdom, where she is currently under investigation and on bail.
The judge declined all of Diezani’s prayers, including an order mandating the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her return from the UK, where she is currently being investigated for alleged fraud by the Metropolitan Police.
The anti-graft agency EFCC has described Diezani’s prayer to be brought back to Nigeria as a ploy to escape justice in the United Kingdom.
According to the EFCC, she is being investigated for several financial crimes by the Metropolitan Police.
The anti-graft agency claims Diezani’s case has reached an advanced stage and her prosecution in the UK is imminent.
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