Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has alleged that Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources under the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan stole over $2.5 billion from the nation’s coffers, even as he said that she is currently being protected from being extradited from the United Kingdom.
Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna today, February 17, Magu said: “I was in London this year, we did investigation together with the UK team, and anywhere I go I always call for extradition of corrupt Nigerians to return the money.
“This woman has stolen so much, not less than 2.5 billion dollars, but unfortunately she has 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, returned her to Nigeria.
“We will not allow corruption to work here in Nigeria because it is destructive and disastrous. We blocked several accounts.”
In 2017, a federal high court in Lagos ordered the forfeiture of N7.6 billion allegedly linked to her to the federal government.
A federal high court in Abuja had later threatened to strike out fraud charges brought against Alison-Madueke over the continued absence of the accused.