Courtroom Refuses To Order Diezani’s Arrest, Calls for AGF’s Extradition Proof
Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke
The request to subject an arrest warrant in opposition to Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former Minister of Petroleum Sources by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC has been rejected by a Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja, on Wednesday, October 28.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu rejected the EFCC’s request for an arrest warrant citing the fee’s failure to implement the sooner legal summons which the courtroom issued on the previous minister way back to July 24, 2020.
The fee had in requesting for the legal summons in July claimed that it was required to facilitate the ex-minister’s extradition to Nigeria.
Confronted with the failure of the ex-minister to honour the summons on Wednesday, the EFCC, by way of its lawyer, Mr Farouk Abdullah, urged Justice Ojukwu to subject a warrant of arrest in opposition to her
Ruling on the request by EFCC, Justice Ojukwu rejected it as she famous that the legal summons which the courtroom issued on Diezani within the ruling of July 24, 2019, should be ample for the fee to course of her extradition to Nigeria to face her trial.
The decide who expressed willingness to offer the extradition bid an opportunity to outlive, nevertheless, demanded an affidavit with proof from the Workplace of the Legal professional-Normal of the Federation (the workplace with unique energy to facilitate extradition), to show that there was a necessity for the arrest warrant to have Diezani extradited.
She dominated, “It’s my view that the summons ought to have assisted within the extradition of the defendant by the Workplace of the AGF.
“At the moment, the defendant is just not in courtroom and no cause was given.
“I’m being knowledgeable that the defendant is believed to be in the UK.
“The discovered counsel additionally knowledgeable the courtroom that the extradition course of has failed on account of the absence of the warrant of arrest.
“But when that’s the case, discovered counsel shall file an affidavit to that impact supported by proof from the Workplace of the Legal professional Normal of the Federation.
“I hereby offer you time to place your own home so as.”
The decide adjourned until December three for report and attainable arraignment of the defendant.
The EFCC had alleged that Diezani escaped from the nation shortly after her tenure because the Minister of Petroleum Sources finish and obtained wind of the plan to cost her with varied offences.
The fee on November 11, 2018, filed the 13 counts of cash laundering to justify the bid to have her extradited to Nigeria.
Diezani was accused of amongst others within the expenses that she unlawfully took into her possession, the sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn when she moderately should have recognized that the cash fashioned a part of the proceeds of illegal actions.
She was stated to have bought alternative landed property with the cash utilizing totally different fronts because the house owners.d Avenue, Yaba, Lagos, with N937m.