AGF still studying files on Diezani, Obanikoro’s extradition

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has said that he is still studying files on some prominent Nigerians, who  are wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Malami, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents, said the Federal Government would take appropriate actions on the wanted persons after studying the files.

The minister was asked to explain efforts being made by the Federal Government to extradite a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro;  an ex-National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu; and   the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resource, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, among others.

The minister, who spoke before departing for a foreign trip last week, said he needed to study the files before taking its decision.

Malami confirmed that the process for their extradition had yet to commence.

“You need to give me some time to study the files. We will take appropriate action after studying the files,” he said.

It was gathered that the EFCC was awaiting directives from the office of the AGF, whose office is saddled with the responsibility of initiating the extradition process.

Obanikoro, Mu’azu and Alison-Madueke, are wanted over N4.7bn PDP’s campaign funds.

Also a number of multi-billion naira fraud allegations in the oil industry have also been levelled against the immediate past minister of Petroleum Resources,  who has a pending case in the United Kingdom based on similar allegations.

The EFCC had while investigating the alleged fraud relating to the diversion of $2.1bn meant for the prosecution of the war against Boko Haram, discovered that the total anti-insurgency funds diverted by various personalities and agencies was over $15bn.

The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, could not be reached for comment as calls made to his telephone were not answered.

However, a source within the commission said extradition was a very long and tedious process and as such, it would only be taken after all other avenues must have been exhausted.

He said the matter was in the hands of the attorney general and not the EFCC.

“We have done our investigations and relayed all information to the attorney general. So, the Federal Government will decide on the issue of extradition but it is a very long process and it takes time so we will only take that option when we have exhausted all options,” the source said.

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