Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, has met with the National Crime Agency, NCA, in the United Kingdom to discuss the efforts of the commission in the recovery of all ill-gotten assets domiciled in foreign jurisdiction by Nigerian’s Politically Exposed Persons, PEPs.
According to the spokesperson of the EFCC, Tony Orilade, in a statement, outside the recovery of assets, the EFCC Boss, in the course of the high power meeting with officials of the NCA, also presented the commission’s position on ways to fast-track the extradition of all PEPs who have found safe heavens in foreign jurisdiction.
The NCA is a national law enforcement agency in the United Kingdom, which was established in 2013 as a non-ministerial government department, replacing the Serious Organised Crime Agency, SOCA, and absorbing the formerly separate Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre as one of its commands.
The EFCC chairman, while explaining why the anti-graft agency is bent on extraditing all PEPs, especially, former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Alison-Madueke, whose process of extradition from the United Kingdom has commenced, said the Nigerian government, having waited for three years, believes it is time to initiate the extradition process.
Apart from Diezani, there are several other PEPs who have fled to exile since 2015 when the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came on board in May of that year.
It would be recalled that in 2017, a Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the final forfeiture of N7.6 billion alleged loot recovered by the commission from Diezani.
The order of final forfeiture to the federal government was granted by Justice Abdulazeez Anka.