A file photograph of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has mounted March 3, 2021, for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to totally adjust to its orders within the trial of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu mounted the date on Thursday after counsel to the EFCC, Farouk Abdullah, requested the court docket for extra time to allow the anti-graft company to make sure full compliance with the court docket orders.
This comes after the court docket refused to grant the EFCC’s software looking for an order for the issuance of a warrant of arrest in opposition to Mrs Alison-Madueke in its ruling on October 28, 2020.
Justice Ojukwu held that an affidavit with proof in help to show that the sooner court docket summon granted the company had failed within the extradition of the previous minister have to be filed by the fee earlier than one other request may very well be made.
She famous that the EFCC had knowledgeable the court docket that the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice hinted that the arrest warrant was wanted to additional give the International Police (INTERPOL) the impetus to carry the defendant to Nigeria to reply to costs in opposition to her.
The choose, nevertheless, mentioned it might give the anti-graft company room to place its home so as within the trial of the previous minister as a result of court docket orders weren’t made in useless.
Abdullah had, in an software, urged the court docket to situation an arrest warrant in opposition to Alison-Madueke, who’s believed to be within the United Kingdom.
He defined that the arrest warrant was wanted to allow all regulation enforcement businesses and the INTERPOL arrest her anyplace she was sighted and be introduced earlier than the court docket to reply to the allegation made in opposition to her.
The lawyer added that because the summon had not been capable of obtain the specified end result, the necessity for a warrant of arrest can’t be over-emphasised.
Ruling on an ex-parte movement introduced by the EFCC on July 24, the court docket had summoned the previous minister to seem earlier than it and reply to the cash laundering costs filed in opposition to her by the anti-graft company.
The fee had accused Alison-Madueke of fleeing the nation for the UK so as to escape justice.