Nigeria’s former minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke was recently seen taking a stroll in London street, United Kingdom.
A Facebook user, Osquare Okpanachi, who posted the development on his timeline, claimed to have seen Mrs Allison-Madueke in London.
According to him, when he tried to take her pictures, she walked away very quickly.
Mr Okpanachi wrote: “Guess who I just saw while driving to work in North West, London?? Diezani Alison Madueke.
“The moment she noticed I wanted to snap her, she quickly moved very fast away from me. I was gonna come down to ask her about our yams, but the traffic was moving.”
Recall that Mrs Allison-Madueke is placed under EFCC watch list.
A Federal High Court Judge had given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Nigeria Police 72 hours, to arrest Mrs Alison-Madueke.
Justice Valentine Ashi of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Apo, Abuja, made the order following a motion ex parte moved by counsel to the EFCC, Msuur Denga, praying for an order of the court, to issue a warrant of arrest against Mrs Allison-Madueke, to enable the Commission apprehend and arraign her for alleged financial crimes in Nigeria.
The EFCC investigated the former minister along with Jide Omokore, a former Chairman, Atlantic Energy Drilling Company, following a petition dated October 2, 2013, from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, bordering on money laundering and official corruption.
According to CACOL, Mrs Allison-0Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions, which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government.
Mrs Allison-Madueke and Omokore, are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22, Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 21, Building 5, Block C, Banana Island, Lagos.
They are to be arraigned on February 25, 2019 on a five-count charge for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
When the matter came up on December 3, 2018 the Commission filed an application for warrant of arrest, condition precedent for Deziani’s extradition protocol to bring her back home to face trail.
The prosecution told the court that Diezani, who is currently in the United Kingdom, jetted out of the country while investigations into the alleged fraudulent acts were ongoing.
The court today, granted the ex parte motion, and ordered the security agencies to provide Madueke within 72 hours, for her to face the charge preferred against her.
“The Inspector General of Police, the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services, are hereby ordered in the name of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours”, the judge held.