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Judge Gives EFCC Ultimatum To Extradite Diezani Madueke From The UK

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been given until March 2020 to have former minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke extradited to Nigeria from the United Kingdom by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

The commission had in November 2018 filed a 13 count charge of money laundering against the former minister accusing her of unlawfully taking into her possession the sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn with which she allegedly bought choice properties in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in Rivers State, while she was in office as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu threatened to strike out the money laundering case should the anti-graft agency fail to produce the defendant in court by March 2020.

The prosecuting counsel, Mister Faruk Abdullah, had earlier on pleaded with the judge to adjourn the case indefinitely on the grounds that the EFCC was facing challenges in its bid to extradite the defendant from the United Kingdom.

Missus Diezani has been in the United Kingdom facing corruption investigations since 2015 when she left office as minister

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Metuh’s Lawyer Blows Hot, Vows To Appeal ‘Bad Judgement’

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The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang, on Tuesday, convicted Metuh, on seven counts of money laundering and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N400 million.

Justice Abang sentenced Metuh to seven years imprisonment in respect to Counts One to Three.

On Count Four, the former PDP spokesman was sentenced to five years while he got seven, three and seven years for Counts Five, Six, and Seven years respectively.

He, however, held that all the sentences should run concurrently, with effect from February 25, 2020.

Abel Ozioko, while briefing journalists after the judgement, said the judge was carrying out an experiment on his client.

“The judge confessed that an issue like this is novel; in other words, he was carrying out an experiment.

“For me, this is a good example of bad judgement, and we have our appeal in our hands, I still have confidence in the law court and we are heading upstairs to the three wise men to know whether he is right or wrong,” he maintained.

Meanwhile, Channels Television reports that Metuh, after the judgement, was taken to the Nigerian Correctional Service to begin his prison terms pending the hearing of an appeal when it is eventually filed.

Culled from Channels Tv…

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