Police, DSS given 72 hrs ultimatum to produce Diezani

The former Minister of Petroleum is wanted for prosecution over misappropriation of funds.

The police, DSS and EFCC have to worry about how to fly former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke back into Nigeria to face the court. And they have got only 72 hours to do so.

Justice Valentine Ashi of a High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, gave the order on Tuesday (today).

Diezani had left Nigeria for UK since she was accused of engaging in money laundering and corrupt practices while she was in office.

She, along with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, are facing charges over the allegations.

The EFCC said investigations into a petition against the former Minister revealed that as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), she engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.

Madueke and Omokore are also alleged to have accepted and gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos.

The EFCC had, on Monday, filed an application for a warrant of arrest for Deziani’s extradition protocol to bring her back home to face trial.

The judge, today, granted the commission’s application to enable it apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.

She is set to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count charge bordering on the alleged offences.

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