Liaise With INTERPOL Over Effort To Arrest Alison-Madueke, Court Tells IGP
A High Court in Adamawa has ordered the arrest of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum resources, over allegation of giving a bribe of N362 million to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election.
The presiding judge, Musa Nathan, gave the order while delivering judgment against Ibrahim Umar and Sahabo Hamman, two INEC officials, who received bribe from Alison-Madueke.
Musa directed Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), to liaise with International Police Organisation (INTERPOL), to ensure that the former minister is arrested.
Wilson Uwujaren, spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a statement, said the former minister and three others were charged “for allegedly deploying over N362million derived from a $115m slush fund to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential elections in favour of the candidate of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.
Count two of the charge read: “That you, Ibrahim Mohammed Umar, Sahabo Iya Hamman and Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke (now at large) sometime between March and May 2015 in Yola, Adamawa state, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while being a public officer working with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and retired public servant and former minister of petroleum resources (now at large) and in capacities, did corruptly procure monetary benefit of three hundred and sixty-two million naira, (N362,000,000.00) in favour of public officers and staff working with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Adamawa State, contrary to and punishable under Section 9 (1) (a) & (b) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.”
Alison-Madueke, who left Nigeria shortly after leaving office in 2015, has been implicated in several corruption cases in Nigeria, most of which had been stalled because of her absence.
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The EFCC said it is working to extradite her from the United Kingdom.