The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has revealed why it would be hard for the commission to arrest a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Recall that a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Apo had ordered security operatives to arrest the former minister within 72 hours on Tuesday.
According to him, the former minister is being protected by foreign law enforcement agencies.
He noted that he would have arrested the former oil minister in less than an hour if she was in Nigeria.
Magu said this during a media chat in Abuja on Wednesday while reacting to a question on whether the EFCC would arrest Diezani as ordered.
He said, “I need less than 72 hours to produce Diezani but how can I get her? She is being protected by other law enforcement agencies outside this country. This is our predicament. If she were here, I would have arrested her.”
When asked to clarify his statement, he said, “The barrier is that other law enforcement agencies are involved in the matter. You know she is in the UK and we are making preparations to get her. We have already gone to court and this was part of the process of extradition; that is the court should declare that a warrant of arrest be issued against her and that we produce her within 72 hours.”