The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has appealed to the United Kingdom government to extradite ex-petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke to Nigeria to account for $2.5 billion allegedly missing in the ministry during her tenure.
Addressing journalists on Monday in Kaduna, ahead of the passing out parade of EFCC trainees scheduled for Tuesday at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, said personnel of the Commission were trained to, “shoot and kill corruption in Nigeria, so we cannot be challenged by any threat”.
The EFCC boss said Diezani has stolen so much money that she needed to be extradited to the country in order to return the money back to the Federal Government.
He said, “I was in London this year, we did investigation together with the UK team, and anywhere I go I always called 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.”
However, Magu said corruption was surmountable, pointing out that in 2019, a total of 1,218 convictions were secured by the Commission.
He also said that in January this year, 28 convictions were effected, involving billions of dollars and pound sterling.
“We will not allow corruption to work here in Nigeria because it is destructive and disastrous. We blocked several accounts,” Magu added.