The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in the Apo area of Abuja has ordered the arrest of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. In a ruling on Tuesday, Justice Valentine Ashi ordered the police, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Services (DSS), and others to produce Diezani in court within 72 hours.
The former minister is to stand trial alongside Mr Jide Omokore, following allegations bordering money laundering and fraudulent dealings in oil transactions. The former minister and the other defendant will be arraigned on February 25, 2019, on five counts.
Meanwhile, EFCC acting chairman Ibrahim Magu was engaged in an interactive session with media practitioners and members of the Civil Society in Lagos. At the session, he called on the United Kingdom to extradite Nigerians who allegedly looted the country’s commonwealth but hiding in the UK, especially the former petroleum minister.
Mage revealed that the EFCC has secured a number of temporary and permanent forfeiture of property and various sums of money unlawfully acquired by persons of questionable character.
According to him, the most recent was the final forfeiture of N1.9bn from a commercial bank to the Federal Government.