Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has accused the UK authorities of being too slow with the prosecution of Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum.
Speaking on Wednesday while receiving a team of International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Magu said the case has festered for the past four years with no positive result.
“Though we have not been able to arrest some of these fleeing people, it is good that they know they are on red notice, as there are Nigerians like Diezani whom we have applied for.”
Magu disclosed that getting Diezani, Dan Etete, also a former petroleum minister, and those who are abroad but facing fraud charges in Nigeria back to the country has been a problem.
The EFCC chairman assured Interpol of the commission’s continued support on information sharing.
“We are willing to cooperate with Interpol at all times, if there is anything other enforcement agencies cannot provide especially in financial crime, the Interpol is sure to get result here in EFCC because we specialize in financial crime, money laundering and terrorist financing,” he said.
In June, detectives from the UK visited Nigeria to “gather more evidence” against Diezani. (The Cable)