The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Ibrahim Magu , on Monday explained why the commission was seeking the extradition of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom.
Magu, who spoke barely 24 hours after the spokesman of the commission, Mr. Tony Orilade, confirmed that the EFCC had commenced the process of extraditing the former minister, the anti-graft top shot maintained that Alison-Madueke’s extradition would enable her to corruption allegations against her since the UK government was yet to initiate her prosecution after investigations.
Magu made the clarifications in Abuja while answering questions on the various efforts of the commission in the fight against corruption.
According to him, it is unreasonable that the minister is not being tried there even when there is no trial going on in the UK.
Magu pointed out that the Federal Government can no longer wait for the UK indefinitely over the former minister’s case, hence the need for the latest request to be bring her back home to answer allegations against her, adding that the commission has all that it requires to establish a case against her and is ready to do so.
He said: “Three years is sufficient to conclude investigation and try her but no one is prosecuting her there. So that is why we want her here.”
In addition to the Alison-Madueke’s issue, the EFCC boss hinted that the commission was making concerted efforts with international agencies and governments to ensure all corrupt persons don’t go free, adding that the efforts at prosecuting all those involved in the Malabu oil deal will soon yield desired results.
Reacting to inquiries on why the commission is not probing the bribery allegations against Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Ganduje, Magu said that since the matter was already in court, it would be sub-judiced to commence any investigations on the allegation.
He restated the commitment of the commission to sustaining its current battles against corrupt individuals and organizations in line with the current administration’s anti-corruption drive no matter who may be involved.