The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday denied the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the opportunity to arrest the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke who is currently undergoing trial for financial corruption in the petroleum sector. Madueke is has been in the United Kingdom since 2015 after the Peoples Democratic Party lost.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that an affidavit with evidence in support of proof that earlier court summons granted the agency had failed in the extradition of Diezani must be field by the commission before another request could be made.
Upon the request, Justice Ojukwu noted that the EFCC had informed the court that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice hinted that the arrest warrant was needed to further give the International Police (INTERPOL) the impetus to bring the defendant to answer to charges against her.
She said, “I have carefully pursued the application of the prosecution. The earlier order of this court was made pursuant to section 831 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA). It is my view that the summon should have assisted in the extradition of the defendant by the Office of the AGF”.
Although, this was done in the absence of the defendant who is in United Kingdom and the leader counsel said the extradition process has failed due to the absence of the warrant of arrest.
Ojukwu therefore, gave the learner counsel the opportunity to file an affidavit in order to support the evidence from the office of Attorney General of the Federation. She also, urged the Counsel to put her house in order.
The sitting was later adjourned until December 3, 2020.