Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, in his response to the request made by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to ask the British Government to send her back to Nigeria to face trial on alleged misappropriation of public funds while in office, said that the Nigeria Government would not make the request to avoid jeopardizing ongoing investigations against her by the UK authorities.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke who served as a Petroleum Minister under the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, is reportedly being investigated by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), for alleged illicit possession of properties worth about £10million.
The said properties were allegedly purchased for her by some businessmen while she was minister.
Two days ago, she asked the court to order the Nigerian Government to request her extradition back to Nigeria from the UK to enable her face ongoing trial against her.
However, AGF Malami while speaking to State House Correspondent said that whenever Nigeria feels that there is need to bring her back, the government will not hesitate to do that. But the move is not necessary this time.
“The truth of the matter is that steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bothering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians.
“If Nigeria feels strongly that there is need to bring Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, government will not hesitate to do that.
“As things are now, there is no need for that since the U.K. Government is already investigating her and government will not take any decision that will jeopardize what the U.K. Government is doing,” he noted
“Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke is facing charges of money laundering and acquisition of properties in United Kingdom so it is important to face the charges there than for her to come as a mere witness in a case in Nigeria,” he added.