Thursday 28 April 2016

Obanikoro, Muazu, Others To Be Extradited Back To Nigeria

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is working with the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United Kingdom’s National Crimes Commission to extradite those who fled the country following ongoing investigations.

A top source at the anti-graft agency said the agency was trying to extradite a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, an ex-National Chairman of the People Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, among others.

“We are working with FBI and NCA and they are eager to assist us. I can assure you that those people will be brought back to Nigeria for interrogation,” the source said.

The EFCC had while investigating the alleged fraud relating to the diversion of $2.1bn meant for prosecution of the war against Boko Haram, discovered that the total anti-insurgency funds diverted by various personalities and agencies was over $15bn.

On the allegations against the Code of Conduct Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, the source explained that the judge had not been totally exonerated.

Umar was alleged to have demanded a N10m bribe from Mr. Rasheed Taiwo, a former customs officer.

According to the source, the content of EFCC’s letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on the matter is clear.

The top source, who confided in The PUNCH, said, “Facts are being distorted by those who are afraid of their shadow. The letter, dated March 5, 2015, clearly explains that there was no sufficient evidence at that time to prosecute the judge. It is not an exoneration. The man (who wrote the letter) says there is no sufficient evidence. The issue can come up again.”

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