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.

The EFCC said this in a counter-affidavit it filed in opposition to Diezani’s application before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, wherein she is seeking an order compelling the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her return to Nigeria.

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In the said application, which she filed through her lawyer, Onyechi Ikpeazu, Diezani said she wished to appear before the Federal High Court in Lagos to defend a criminal charge bordering on alleged laundering of N450m, where her name was mentioned.

The main defendants in the charge are a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore; and a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman.

Justice Aikawa adjourned the matter till Wednesday for ruling.

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