The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that the process for the extraditing former minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom (UK) has begun.
Acting spokesman of the commission, Mr Tony Orilade, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Abuja.
There have been calls from various quarters for the extradition of the former minister over allegations of impropriety against her.
According to Orilade, EFCC’s Operations Department has made presentation to the Legal Department to commence the process, and it has commenced.
He, however, said that the action had to be processed through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, adding that it was not something the commission would begin 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 Deziani’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 the former minister to the federal government.
Justice Abdulazeez Anka granted an application by the EFCC seeking the final forfeiture of the money to the government.
Allison-Madueke, who is being investigated in the UK, had urged the federal government to bring her back to the country to face corruption charges filed against her.
But, Malami said that bringing her back to the country would jeopardise the investigation being carried on her in the UK.
“Steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bothering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians.
“If Nigeria feels strongly that there is need to bring Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, government will not hesitate to do that.
“As things stand now, there is no need for that since the UK Government is already investigating her,’’ he had said.
The EFCC spokesman could not, however, say the point at which it became necessary to seek extradition of the former minis ter.