Interpol Issues Arrest Warrant For Diezani Madueke following FG Request
The International Police [Interpol] have issued an arrest warrant for former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke as part of moves to extradite her to Nigeria to face corruption charges.
Recall that ElombahNews had on December 3 reported that an FCT High Court in Apo, Abuja, granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leave to arraign the former petroleum Minister, alongside former Chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling company, Olajide Omokore.
The duo are to be arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy and accepting and giving gratifications.
The suspects are accused of allegedly accepting and giving gift of properties described as penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and penthouse 21, building 5, block C, Banana Island, Lagos.
The trial judge, Justice Valentine Ashi, granted the EFCC leave, after the prosecution counsel, Mr Faruk Abdullahi told the court that while investigations were going on, Mrs. Allison-Madueke hurriedly left the country and has been residing in the United Kingdom.
He also alleged that Alison–Madueke, refused to honour an invitation by the EFCC to appear at the commission.
ElombahNews gathered that, in honour of Nigeria’s request for her extradition, the Interpol has issued her arrest warrant.
The international crime-fighting organisation has filed the necessary charges and attached to the extradition request by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
Attached also to the extradition request was the November 4, 2018 order for her arrest by Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court.
Following the latest development, all Interpol member countries were obliged to arrest the former minister anywhere she is seen on their territories and bring her back to Nigeria.
Recently, on November 11, the EFCC confirmed that the process to bring back the former Minister of from the United Kingdom has begun.
EFCC Acting spokesman, Mr Tony Orilade, disclosed that EFCC’s Operations Department had made presentation to the Legal Department to commence the process.
He noted that the process has commenced, saying that the action had to be processed through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
He explained that it was not something the Commission could commence and conclude on its own.