The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that the process for extraditing former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom has begun.
Acting spokesman of the commission, Mr Tony Orilade, disclosed this in an interview with on Sunday in Abuja, saying the agency’s Operations Department has made presentation to the Legal Department to commence the process, Daily Trust writes.
He, 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 Diezani’s investigation and commencement of trial,” he said.
In 2017, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of N7.6 billion alleged loot recovered from Alison-Madueke to the Federal Government.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, however stated that Nigeria had no immediate plan to bring Alison-Madueke back home to face trial, as this would jeopardise the investigation being carried on her in the UK.