Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, on Monday, begged the United Kingdom to extradite a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to Nigeria to account for an allegedly missing $2.5bn.
Magu, who addressed journalists preparatory to the passing out parade of the EFCC trainees at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, alleged that the former minister stole Nigeria’s money.
The EFCC boss said, “I was in London this year, we carried out an investigation together with the UK team, and anywhere I go, I always call for the extradition of corrupt Nigerians and return of our stolen money.
“This woman has stolen so much, not less than 2.5 billion dollars, but unfortunately, she has a generation of looters who are supporting her. This is not good.
“We are in touch with the international community, she is under protective custody, otherwise, we would have arrested her, return her to Nigeria.”
Magu also said corruption was surmountable, noting that in 2019, a total of 1,218 convictions were secured by the EFCC.
“We will not allow corruption to work here – in Nigeria – because it is destructive and disastrous. We blocked several accounts,” he added.
Magu also said 28 convictions were effected in January 2020.