"Diezani Must Be Extradited Back To Nigeria From The UK By March 2020" - Abuja Judge Rules

Published 3 months ago by: success Xenab
at 10:55 PM, 12/11/2019 (3 months ago)

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Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission until March 2020 to have a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke extradited to Nigeria.

The commission had in November 2018 filed 13 counts of money laundering against the ex-minister accusing her of unlawfully taking into her possession the sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn with which she allegedly bought choice properties in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in Rivers State, while she was in office.

When the matter came up before her on Tuesday, the judge threatened to strike out the money laundering case should the anti-corruption agency fail to produce the defendant in court by March 2020

The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Faruk Abdullah, had earlier on Tuesday pleaded with the judge to adjourn the case sine die (indefinitely), on the grounds that the EFCC was facing challenges in its bid to extradite the defendant from the United Kingdom.

Diezani had been in the United Kingdom facing corruption investigations since 2015 when she left office as minister.

Abdullah told Justice Ojukwu on Tuesday that given the circumstances, it would be better for the case to be adjourned indefinitely so that it would not continue to “clog” the court’s docket.

In a swift response, the judge said, “My docket is not going to be a waiting room for the prosecution.”

“I will give you one more adjournment. If nothing happens on the next date, I will strike it out,” the judge added.

In her ruling, the judge adjourned the matter till March 10 “for a report or striking out”.

The prosecution on November 11, 2018, filed the 13 counts of money laundering accusing Diezani of unlawfully taking into her possession the sums of sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn when she reasonably ought to have known that the money formed part of the proceeds of unlawful activities.

She was said to have purchased choice landed assets with the money using different fronts as the owners.

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Boi2Man at 02:12 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Abegi if she is extradited,, she will be freer in Nigeria than in the UK after Ghana must go exchange hands. She can stay the rest of her in uk for all I care
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Psalmbes at 04:15 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Quote from: Boi2Man on 04:15 AM, 13/11/2019
Abegi if she is extradited,, she will be freer in Nigeria than in the UK after Ghana must go exchange hands. She can stay the rest of her in uk for all I care
My brother! Nigeria has started again with corruptive as usual, to bring her back to be freed in Nigeria!
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Psalmbes at 04:16 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Even judges are not trusted in Nigeria! what a corrupt nation!
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Baye77 at 06:23 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Good...
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ficull at 08:39 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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That’s if the terminal cancer, she claimed to be suffering from, don’t kill her by 2020
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kp45 at 08:51 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Noise makers
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kp45 at 08:52 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Noise makers
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jahlovesme at 09:15 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Quote from: ficull on 08:39 AM, 13/11/2019
That’s if the terminal cancer, she claimed to be suffering from, don’t kill her by 2020

it will surely kill her
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scottchris at 09:39 AM, 13/11/2019 (3 months ago)
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Thats what they said before....yet the woman is enjoying her loots in the UK...

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