EFCC deletes controversial social media post on ex-minister, Diezani


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has deleted an
Instagram post quoting a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani
Allison-Madueke, as speaking on money laundering charges brought against her.


The social media post earlier seen by our correspondent
claimed that the former minister spoke in an interview with journalists in the
United Kingdom.


However, further checks by our correspondent on Saturday
revealed that the unsigned post had been pulled down from the anti-graft
agency’s official Instagram handle.


Meanwhile, when contacted over the development, the
spokesperson for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, denied the report, while noting that
the report didn’t emanate from nor was it signed by the anti-graft agency.


“The report is not from the EFCC. Anything that is not
signed by me is not from us (the EFCC),” Oyewale said.


Allison-Madueke who served under former President Goodluck
Jonathan’s administration fled the country following her prosecution by the
EFCC over alleged money laundering.


In October 2023, Sunday PUNCH exclusively reported that the Attorney-General
of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, submitted a
warrant of arrest and request to the Crown Prosecution Services of the United
Kingdom for her extradition.


The report indicated that the request which was made on the
orders of President Bola Tinubu followed a written official request by the EFCC
to the office of the AGF earlier in October.


A top Federal Government source had revealed that in making
the extradition request, the office of the AGF cited Section 2 (2) of Nigeria’s
Extradition Act, CAP E25, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and the
London Scheme of Extradition within the Commonwealth otherwise known as ‘The
Scheme,’ a multilateral treaty which governs extradition between the United
Kingdom and Nigeria.


“The EFCC established a prima facie case against
Allison-Madueke in a letter to the office of the AGF, after which a magistrate
was ordered to issue a warrant of arrest. The Certified True Copy of the
warrant of arrest was then attached to the extradition request written to the
UK government by the AGF on the orders of the President,” a source had noted.


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