Judge Gives EFCC March 3 Deadline To Produce Diezani

Judge Gives EFCC March 3 Deadline To Produce Diezani

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been granted more time to produce a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to face her money laundering charges.

This request was granted on Thursday by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

Justice Ojukwu granted the anti-graft agency until March 3, 2021, to produce the former Petroleum Minister.

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Justice Ojukwu had issued criminal summons against the former petroleum minister to appear in court on July 24 but declined to grant the EFCC a warrant for her arrest, citing the commission’s failure to enforce the criminal summons she had earlier issued against the defendant.

She said the criminal summons ought to be sufficient for the commission to process her extradition to Nigeria to face her trial.

On Thursday, EFCC’s prosecuting counsel, Farouk Abdullah, pleaded for more time to enable the anti-graft agency to enforce the summons issued against the former minister, which the justice granted.