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Buhari President moves to extradite Diezani, Mu’azu, Obanikoro, others

Currently, plans are in top gear for a meeting of 60 world leaders scheduled to hold in the United Kingdom next month, and President Buhari has finalised plans to secure the extradition of corrupt politicians.

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President Muhammadu Buhari is making moves to extradite alleged looters of public funds, who are currently hiding in different countries of the world.

According to a report by Punch Newspaper, the diplomatic process that will ensure the extradition of alleged corrupt politicians/ex-cabinet members in different countries will dominate President Buhari’s discussions at the world leaders summit.

Currently, plans are in top gear for a meeting of 60 world leaders scheduled to hold in the United Kingdom next month, and President Buhari has concluded plans to finalise talks on the extradition of corrupt officials hiding in different countries.

Top on the reported list of Nigerians and ex-cabinet members listed for extradition are ex-Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro;  ex-Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke; her son, Ugonna; a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu; and a former Chairman of the Pension Reform Task Force, Abdulrasheed Maina.

Others are the and a former Comptroller-General of Customs, Abdullahi Dikko, whose house was raided in Abuja in January by the EFCC; Ex-Senior Political Adviser to ex-President and Coordinator of Goodluck Support Group, Prof.  Rufai Alkali, who coordinated the disbursement of N320m allegedly collected from the Central Bank of Nigeria during the 2015 elections and the immediate past Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, who is being allegedly investigated over $1.1bn Malabu Oil deal.

Offences for extradition

Obanikoro, the ex-minister and senator is believed to be in the United States and wanted in connection with the alleged payment of N1.45bn to his companies.

Muazu is reportedly wanted over disbursement of funds to PDP zonal chairmen. He was reported to be in Singapore.

Alison-Madueke and her son, Ugonna, are being investigated for N2.3bn disbursed to some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission through Fidelity Bank before the 2015 general elections.

The report further revealed that some of the pacts that would be signed by the world leaders at the summit would pave the way for the extradition of those who were being investigated after the Attorney General of the Federation and the EFCC boss would have met with top and head of similar agencies from 59 different countries that will attend the summit.

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