The Punch is reporting that the International Police (Interpol) has issued a warrant of arrest for former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, following a request by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The newspaper quoted an ‘impeccable source’ to have said that the necessary charges had been filed and attached to the extradition request by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation. And, by implication, all Interpol member countries were duty-bound to arrest Allison-Madueke anywhere she was seen on their territories.
According to The Punch, a November 4, 2018 order for the former minister’s arrest by Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court, which directed the Inspector-General of Police; the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Director-General of the State Security Service and all heads of other agencies to apprehend her, was attached to the extradition request.
The Punch’s source said:
“We have filed the necessary processes and the Interpol has red-flagged Allison-Madueke. This means that the extradition process has been kickstarted and the former minister may be arrested by the United Kingdom police or any police agency all over the world and repatriated to Nigeria.”
Mrs Madueke relocated to the United Kingdom right after the expiration of the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan, in whose government she served as petroleum minister, and she has remained there ever since.