Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke has been placed on the International Police arrest list.
This follows a request by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
An impeccable source stated that the necessary charges had been filed and attached to the extradition request by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
By this request, all Interpol member countries were obliged to arrest the former minister anywhere she is seen on their territories.
Madueke had been holed up in London, United Kingdom for over three years.
Attached to the extradition request, our correspondent gathered, was the November 4, 2018 order for her arrest by Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court.
The court had directed the Inspector-General of Police; the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Director-General of the State Security Service and all heads of other agencies to apprehend the ex-petroleum minister.
The judge further directed that the order which was signed by the court registrar, E. Balami, should be attached to a warrant for execution on Madueke.
The source said, “We have filed the necessary processes and the Interpol has red-flagged Allison-Madueke. This means that the extradition process has been kickstarted and the former minister may be arrested by the United Kingdom police or any police agency all over the world and repatriated to Nigeria.”
Checks on the Interpol website, however, indicated that the accused person had not been listed.
Only the profiles of two male Nigerians-Ehirobo Nathaniel, 53, and Ernest Kenel, 49-wanted for advance fee fraud- were listed on the website.
It’s simply an act and a mind desperate for attention. So says Lai Mohammed, concerning statements credited to the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku is quoted as saying that “killings will continue if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected.’’
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated the government position at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
The minister said that Atiku is desperate “due to his floundering campaign’’ and admonished the former Vice President to stop bad politicking and politicising killings.
“It is clear to all Nigerians that the electioneering campaign of the PDP presidential candidate has failed to gain traction.
“From Sokoto to Ilorin to Ibadan to Gombe, it has been a disastrous outing for the campaign. With that magnitude of failure, anyone can say anything to stay afloat,’’ he said.
The minister also reacted to the allegation of clampdown on civil society with the re-arrest and detention of Deji Adeyanju.
He said: “There is no clampdown on any civil society, except in the wild imagination of naysayers. As I have said, being in opposition is no licence to break the law and then hope to escape justice.
“If the Police have re-arrested Adeyanju, they must have a compelling reason to do so. Anyone who breaks the law must face justice.”
Mohammed said that the alleged fear that the security agencies might be partisan during the 2019 polls was unfounded.
“The opposition is only crying wolf where there is none, and in view of what they did during their 16 years in power. They never really won a free and fair election. Their strategy was to use the security agencies to thwart the wishes of voters.
“They did it in Ekiti and Osun in 2014. I was a victim in Osun, so I know what I am saying. But the guilty are always afraid. They think what they have done to others is what will be done to them,’’ he said
The minister assured that under President Buhari’s watch, no security agency would play such an ignominious role in any election.