The Federal Government of Nigeria has failed to extradite a former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, over corruption allegations because the British Government had turned down the request to extradite her.

This was disclosed by Garba Umar, an assistant inspector-general of police and head of the National Central Bureau, INTERPOL Nigeria, yesterday, while appearing before the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee to Investigate Alleged Loss of Over $2.4bn in Revenue from Illegal Sale of 48 Million Barrels of Crude in 2015 Including Crude Oil Exports from 2014 Till Date, alleged that the AIG, while being questioned by members of the committee, noted that the Nigerian government followed due process in seeking mutual legal assistance from the UK but the demand was ignored as the ex-minister also went to court in the UK to frustrate the process.

Responding to questions from the lawmakers, Umar explained why the move was successful in the cases of a former Chairman of the defunct Pension Reform Task Team, Abdulrasheed Maina, and a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Bello Adoke.

“In respect of assistance – seeking for assistance, if you remember, we repatriated many Nigerians who were alleged to have swindled the Nigerian Government. I went personally and brought Maina from Republic of Niger.

“I brought the former Attorney-General of the Federation from Dubai and many other Nigerians who absconded. We brought them back to face justice and those who are in Nigeria, hiding, we took them back to their various countries to face justice,” he said.