Nigeria: Magu Begs UK to Extradite Alison-Madueke

18 February 2020

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has appealed to the Government of United Kingdom (UK) to extradite the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to account for $2.5 billion allegedly missing in her ministry during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Magu, at media briefing in Kaduna yesterday, ahead of today's passing out parade of EFCC trainees at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), said personnel of the commission were trained to, "shoot and kill corruption in Nigeria; so, we cannot be challenged by any threat.

Fielding questions from reporters, the EFCC boss said Alison-Madueke has stolen so much money that she needed to be extradited to the country to return the money back to the federal government.

According to him: "I was in London this year; we did investigation together with the UK team, and anywhere I go, I always call for extradition of corrupt Nigerians to return back the money.

"This woman has stolen so much, not less than $2.5 billion, but unfortunately she has generation of looters who are supporting her. This is not good.

"We are in touch with the international community, she is under protective custody, otherwise, we would have arrested her, return her to Nigeria".

He however, said corruption is surmountable, pointing out that in 2019, a total of 1,218 convictions were secured by the commission.

The EFCC boss also added that in January this year, 28 convictions were made, involving billions of dollars and pound sterlings.

"We will not allow corruption to work here in Nigeria because it is destructive and disastrous. We blocked several accounts."

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