Update: Malami Frustrating DIEZANI’s Extradition Says Magu

The suspended Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu accuses the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) of frustrating the extradition of Diezani Allison-Madueke and other suspects.

The embattled acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has responded to allegations that he frustrated the extradition of a former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke and other fugitives to face trial in Nigeria.

Rejecting the allegation, Mr Magu told the presidential probe panel investigating allegations of corruption against him, that it was his accuser, Abubakar Malami, who was actually frustrating the extradition of the fugitives.

In the report, originally published by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and republished by several newspapers, Mr Magu was accused of refusing to cooperate with crime-fighting authorities in the United Kingdom to facilitate the return of Mrs Alison-Madueke to to the country to face corruption charges.

The report also claimed that Mr. Magu has refused to provide documentary evidence that would make the office of the Attorney General of the Federation commence the process of extraditing Mrs Alison-Madueke.

However, Mr Magu’s response to the presidential probe panel, shows that he denied refusing to share information with the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom. As he said: “The NCA still shares critical information with the Commission and conducts joint operations with the Commission under the Combined Inter-Agency Task Force (CIATF) and also directly. Classified documents in this regard can be produced for sighting on request and with the consent of the NCA.

The Commission is also jointly working with the NCA on several cases including the Diezani Allison-Madueke cases and all the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) requests on these cases are passed to the NCA and the Crown Prosecution Services through the Central Authority Unit (CAD) of the Ministry of Justice contrary to the allegations of the HAGF,” Mr Magu wrote.

He added that following the delay by UK authorities to charge Mrs Alison-Madueke, the EFCC wrote to the authorities in the country through the AGF requesting the extradition of the former petroleum minister so she can face pending charges in Nigeria.

Magu also added that Mr Malami has yet to communicate with the commission about the position of UK authorities on the request it made.

Contrary to the claim made against him by Mr Malami, the EFCC former Acting Chairman told the probe panel that under his leadership, “the EFCC maintained a good working relationship with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation which recently acknowledged this relationship by commending the Commission publicly and on record.”

He added that apart from the request for the extradition of Mrs Alison-Madueke, the EFCC has made several requests through the AGF for the extradition of high profile Nigerian fugitives and that Mr Malami has yet to respond to any of the requests. “Some of these fugitives include Robert John Oshodin who laundered millions of United States Dollars on behalf of former National Security Adviser (NSA) Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), former Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme Mr Kingsley Kuku and Hima Aboubakar who was criminally indicted by the investigation of arms procurement conducted under the former NSA Colonel Sambo Dasuki (Rtd).

Attached and marked as Annexure 32 (a)-(e) are copies of the extradition requests of these fugitives. “The Commission also forwarded a Mutual Legal Assistance request to the AGF for onward transmission to the authorities of the British Virgin Island through a letter dated 9th September, 2019 wherein the Commission requested for critical information in respect of the P&ID case but the Commission is yet to receive any response from the office of the AGF,” Mr Magu wrote.

Mr Malami did not respond to calls made to him Tuesday morning seeking his comments for this story. Last week, Mr. Malami announced Mr. Magu’s suspension following President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval. Prior to his suspension he was arrested and brought before the probe panel headed by Justice Ayo Salami, a former President of the Court of Appeal.

Mr Magu is currently being investigated over allegations of corruption and insubordination levelled against him by Mr Malami.

After his arrest, allegations that Mr Magu diverted billions of naira gotten from recovered funds, as well as the interests accrued from the funds, were circulated and published on various media platforms. He rejected the charges saying all recovered assets are intact and can be accounted for.

Sources: News Agency of Nigeria and Premium Times

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