We Want To Bring Ex-Petroleum Minister Alison-Madueke Home - EFCC
There is no hiding place for you, the eagle-eyes is saying to a former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke.
Nigeria's anti-graft agency is going after her even though she is in the United Kingdom where a former Governor of delta State, James Ibori, was tried and sentenced.
Couldn't the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) just allow investigation going on in the United Kingdom against her and ensure she is tried in the colonial masters territory? Someone will ask.
But the agency said bringing her home is its pursuit.
On Sunday, the acting spokesman of the commission, Mr Tony Orilade, confirmed that the process for the extraditing Mrs Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom had begun.
There have been calls from different quarters for the extradition of the former minister over several allegations of impropriety against her.
According to Orilade, EFCC’s Operations Department has made presentation to the Legal Department to commence the process.
That process has commenced, he emphasised.
The EFCC's spokesman, however, said 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.
"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," he said.
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 October, 2017, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, had said that 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.
But, Malami said that bringing her back to the country would jeopardise the investigation being carried on her in the UK.
"Steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bothering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians.
"If Nigeria feels strongly that there is need to bring Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, government will not hesitate to do that.
"As things stand now, there is no need for that since the UK Government is already investigating her," he had said.
When did the government change its mind?
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the EFCC spokesman could not, however, say the point at which it became necessary to seek extradition of the former minister.