The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that the process for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, from the United Kingdom, UK, has begun.
The Acting Spokesman of the anti-graft Agency, Tony Orilade, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Sunday, in Abuja.
Orilade revealed that the EFCC’s Operations Department has made a presentation to the Legal Department to commence the process, and that it has commenced.
He however, noted 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”, the Spokesman said.
“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.”
It could be recall, that in October 2017, Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, said that Nigeria had no immediate plan to bring Alison-Madueke back home to face trial.
Alison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had urged the Federal Government to bring her back to the country to face the corruption charges against her, earlier as well.