EFCC Boss Magu Is Frustrated Over Inability To Arrest Diezani
The man in charge at Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has expressed his frustration over his inability to lay his hands on the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
This is coming hours after an Abuja high court gave the commission leave to arrest the former minister within 72 hours.
Magu said it would have been easy to arrest Diezani under 72 hours had she not been outside Nigeria.
Diezani is standing trial alongside Jide Omokore, a former chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, on five counts bordering on conspiracy and illegal act of accepting and giving gratifications.
Speaking during an interactive session with journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, Magu said the anti-graft agency is not in the habit of not complying with court orders, but in the case of Alison-Madueke, "our problem is that she is in another man’s country".
“I need less than 72 hours to produce Deziani. How can I get her if she is being protected by forces outside this country?” Magu asked.
“This is my predicament otherwise if it is 72 hours, if she is here, I will just get her.”
He said the fact that the suspect was being prosecuted by other law enforcement agencies outside Nigeria, was a “predicament” to the EFCC.
He, however, said another agency was working on extraditing Alison-Madueke.
“We will comply with the court order. In fact, it is in our character to do so. If we won’t comply with the court order, that means we have reasons to appeal against the court’s decision,” Magu said.
“Another law enforcement agency is in the matter. You know she is in the United Kingdom. And we are preparing to get her. We have already gone to the court, in fact that was our request for extradition that compelled the court to issue a warrant of arrest against her.”
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