Nigeria halts pursuit of ex-minister’s extradition in light of ongoing UK investigation

In September, Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) announced that it was seeking the extradition of former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke from the UK to face allegations of corruption (see previous blog). However, the Nigerian government has now said that it would not be pursuing Ms Alison-Madueke’s extradition for the time being in order to avoid jeopardising an ongoing UK investigation into similar allegations.

The UK’s National Crime Agency obtained permission to seize £27,000 from Diezani in early October 2017, but the investigation into her conduct is reported to involve properties worth several million pounds, which are currently subject to a freezing order granted in September 2016. The US Department of Justice identified approximately $144m of assets in July 2017 that it alleged were bought for Ms Alison-Madueke in return for lucrative contracts during her time overseeing Nigeria’s state-owned oil company (see press release here).

Nigeria discovers two more properties in investigation into ex-minister

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has discovered two more properties allegedly belonging to former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke, in its ongoing investigation into her conduct during her time in office (see previous blog). The EFCC is reportedly in the process of applying for the properties, located in Dubai and estimated to be worth around £7.1bn, to be forfeited and is said to be using the recently signed Nigeria-UAE MLA treaty to expedite the process.

Nigeria seeks extradition of ex-oil minister to face allegations of corruption

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has announced that it is seeking the extradition of former petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke from the UK to face allegations of corruption. Millions of pounds worth of property linked to the former minister are said to have been seized by the Nigerian government. Speaking to journalists, the EFCC’s acting chairman warned that “nobody will go unpunished”, but cautioned that investigations into Ms Alison-Madueke were “still ongoing”.