By Kunle Adedoyin
Ibrahim Magu, the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday vowed that the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, would be repatriated to Nigeria to face criminal charges.
Magu, who stated this in Ibadan, wondered why the British government has not surrendered Alison-Madueke to Nigeria to face justice.
He said the EFCC would do everything within its power to ensure her prosecution this year.
“We will bring her back to the country this year. We must get her. They (the foreign countries) have no reason to keep her there. This is the fifth year. Why should they be investigating such a straight-forward case for five years?
“It is a financial crime investigation. It is not a murder case that should linger. The case is straightforward. If they don’t have sufficient evidence to establish any offence, they should bring her back. We have more than enough evidence to take her to court.”
Although, Alison-Madueke is yet to be arraigned in Nigeria, the Commission has secured final forfeiture orders against some properties traced to her, including hundreds of assorted jewelry worth over $40 million.
The Commission has also traced several criminal activities ranging from abuse of office, bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds and money laundering to the former minister who fled the country in 2015.