The head of Nigeria’s main anti-corruption agency on Monday said he wanted former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to be extradited to face trial because a corruption probe against her in Britain was taking too long.
Alison-Madueke, who served under president Goodluck Jonathan and was the first female head of OPEC, was arrested in London in October 2015 as part of an investigation into global corruption. She has been on bail ever since, and been linked to a string of money laundering, bribery and asset recovery cases in Nigeria, Italy and the United States.
Nigeria’s government has previously appeared happy to have Alison-Madueke potentially face trial in Britain. A judge in Lagos in November last year even accused her of seeking to “avoid justice” after her lawyers applied to have her name attached to a fraud case. But the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, said the British probe began even before he was appointed and she had still not been charged.
The British investigation is being conducted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), which targets serious and organised criminal activity in Britain and around the world. Any Nigerian application for extradition would be made to the interior ministry in London and require the approval of the interior minister.
Source: Daily Mail