The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has disclosed that the process for the extradition of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum, from the United Kingdom, has begun.
Tony Orilade, acting spokesman of the commission, disclosed this in an interview on Sunday in Abuja.
Orilade said the EFCC’s operations department has made a presentation to the legal department to commence the process, and that it has commenced.
He, however, said 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 Diezani’s investigation and commencement of trial.”
Diezani has been the subject of investigations in Nigeria and the UK, with several properties linked to her ordered forfeited by courts.
She had earlier urged the federal government to bring her back to the country to face alleged corruption charges.
In October 2017, Abubakar Malami, Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), had said Nigeria had no immediate plan to bring her back home to face trial.
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