The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has successfully secured an arrest warrant for former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The commission has also initiated extradition proceedings to bring her back to Nigeria.
Reports say Diezani was arraigned at Westminster’s Court in London, United Kingdom (UK), following allegations of bribery. These charges stem from an investigation conducted by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA).
In response to Diezani’s arraignment in London, the EFCC expressed its commitment to ensuring justice is served.
Although the charges in the London court differ from the 13-count charges related to money laundering that the EFCC has brought against her, the EFCC emphasized that criminality knows no jurisdictional boundaries.
What you need to know about the EFCC Charges
According to the EFCC, the money laundering charges against Madueke span multiple jurisdictions, including Dubai, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Nigeria.
Additionally, her charges outline financial rewards such as furniture, property renovations, staff salaries for these properties, payment of private school fees, and high-end gifts from designer shops like Cartier and Louis Vuitton.
To facilitate her trial in Nigeria, the EFCC has obtained an arrest warrant and initiated extradition proceedings.
Who is Diezani Madueke?
Diezani Alison-Madueke, who also served as the president of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), played a significant role in the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan from 2010 to 2015.
Diezani allegedly accepted bribes during her tenure as a minister in exchange for awarding multi-million-pound oil and gas contracts.
The allegations include benefits such as cash sums exceeding £100,000, chauffeur-driven cars, private jet flights, luxurious family holidays, and the use of multiple properties in London.
Diezani Alison-Madueke currently resides in St John’s Wood, London, and appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court for her arraignment.
This development follows extensive international investigations, asset freezes, and collaborative efforts involving the EFCC, the NCA, the US Department of Justice, and the International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre.
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