Magu worried over UK’s slow action on Diezani

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu

Acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has decried the slow pace of action on the corruption case involving Diezani Alison-Madueke by the United Kingdom (UK).

Mrs Diezani, a former minister of petroleum, is being prosecuted by the UK government on corruption charges.

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade, in a statement on Wednesday, quoted Magu to have said this when he received the team of International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) in his office.

Magu said he was displeased the matter had dragged on in the UK for more than four years with no visible result and no end in sight.

“There is the case of Diezani which has been going on for over four years and the amount involved is about 2.4 billion dollars and no kobo has been recovered from overseas.

“Though we have recovered some of the proceeds of the crime, we are still tracing others,” he said.

The acting EFCC head said the commission’s relationship with Interpol had made it easier to place suspects on red notice.

He disclosed that getting Diezani, Dan Etete, (former petroleum minister), Mohammed Adoke (former attorney general and minister of justice), all of whom are overseas and facing fraud cases in Nigeria, back to the country had been a problem.

He, therefore, urged their new countries of residence to either prosecute them or hand them over to Nigeria “since they are Nigerians.”