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13 November 2019

Judge gives EFCC ultimatum to extradite Diezani from UK.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court in Abuja, has threatened to strike out the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC’s suit against former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, if it failed to have her extradited to Nigeria by March Twenty-Twenty.

Counsel to the prosecution, Faruk Abdullah, 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, UK.

Diezani had been in the UK facing corruption investigations since 2015 when she left office as minister.

Abdullah told Justice Ojukwu that given the circumstances, it would be better for the case to be adjourned indefinitely so that it would not continue to clog the court’s docket.

The judge, in her ruling, adjourned the matter till March 10 for report or striking out.

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