Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission – EFCC until March 2020 to have a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke extradited to Nigeria.
The commission had in November 2018 filed 13 counts of money laundering against the ex-minister accusing her of unlawfully taking into her possession the sums of $39.7million dollars and 3.32bilion naira with which she allegedly bought choice properties in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in Rivers State, while she was in office.
When the matter came up before her, the judge threatened to strike out the money laundering case should the anti-corruption agency fail to produce the Former Petroleum Minister To Nigeria in court by March 2020.
The prosecuting counsel, Faruk Abdullah, had earlier pleaded with the judge to adjourn the case indefinitely, on the grounds that the EFCC was facing challenges in its bid to extradite the defendant from the United Kingdom.
In her ruling, the judge adjourned the matter till March 10 2020 for Madueke to be extradited, warning that the court’s docket is not going to be a waiting room for the prosecution.
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