COURT ORDERS EFCC TO ARREST DIEZANI WITHIN 72 HOURS

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Department of State Services (DSS) and different safety companies to arrest Diezani Alison-Madueke, the previous minister of petroleum, inside 72 hours.

According to The Cable, the order was issued by Justice Valentine Ashi based mostly on a movement filed by the counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga.

Denga had earlier prayed the court docket to challenge a warrant for the previous minister’s arrest to allow the anti-graft company arraign her in court docket.

The EFCC investigated the previous minister together with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, bordering on cash laundering and official corruption.

EFCC mentioned in an announcement that investigations into the petition revealed that Mrs Alison-Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was discovered to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.

Mrs Alison-Madueke and Mr Omokore are additionally alleged to have accepted and given presents in properties situated at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos.

They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count cost for the offences, that are opposite to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

When the matter got here up on Monday the Commission nonetheless filed utility for warrant of arrest, situation precedent for Mrs Alison-Madueke’s extradition protocol to convey her again house to face path.

The prosecution instructed the court docket that Mrs Alison-Madueke, who’s at the moment within the United Kingdom, jetted in another country whereas investigations into the alleged fraudulent acts had been ongoing.

The court docket right now, granted the ex parte movement, and ordered the safety companies to offer Mrs Alison-Madueke inside 72 hours, for her to face the cost most well-liked in opposition to her.

“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours,” the decide held.

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