The office of the AGF cited Section 2 (2) of Nigeria’s Extradition Act, CAP E25, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and the London Scheme of Extradition within the Commonwealth, which is a multilateral treaty that governs extradition between the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
The EFCC established a prima facie case against Allison-Madueke in a letter to the office of the AGF. A magistrate then issued a warrant of arrest, and a certified true copy of the warrant of arrest was attached to the extradition request written to the UK government by the AGF.
However, the delay in Allison-Madueke’s extradition to Nigeria from the UK was due to an ongoing internal review of the request by the UK authorities. It is the UK that will determine how fast Allison-Madueke will be returned to Nigeria.
Recall that the EFCC had on October 2 revealed that it had commenced extradition proceedings against Mrs. Allison-Madueke from the United Kingdom back to Nigeria over 13-count charges bordering on money laundering levelled against her by the anti-graft agency. The money laundering charges cover jurisdictions in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Nigeria.
The former Minister appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Monday, over an alleged £100,000 bribe. An informal interagency collaboration between the EFCC and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is part of what led to the ongoing trial of Allison-Madueke at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.
The EFCC alleged that the former Minister in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan from 2010 to 2015 stole $2.5bn from the Nigerian government while she was a minister.
In January 2023, Allison-Madueke asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to vacate an order granted to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for the final forfeiture of her seized assets.
Also, on Saturday 27 May 2023, she instituted a suit against the EFCC and the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation over what she termed a false and malicious attempt to “paint her as a common criminal.” This was filed in the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division, with Suit No. CV/6273/2023, and signed by her legal representation led by Mike Ozekhome (SAN).