The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory , in Apo , Abuja , on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the immediate -past Minister of Petroleum Resources , Mrs . Diezani Alison – Madueke, who is currently under investigation for corruption allegations in the United Kingdom .
EFCC’s acting spokesperson, Mr . Tony Orilade, said this in a statement on Tuesday .
Ruling on an ex parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission , Justice Valentine Ashi , gave the anti -graft agency , the Nigerian Police Force , and the Department of States Security Service and all other security agencies to arrest her within 72 hours .
“The Inspector General of Police , the Chairman of the EFCC, the Attorney General, the Department of State Services , are hereby ordered in the name of the President , Federal Republic of Nigeria to apprehend and arrest the first defendant and produce her before this court for further directives within 72 hours”, the judge ordered .
The same judge had on Monday , on the request by the EFCC , granted leave permitting the anti- graft agency to arraign her and one of her associates , Olajide Omokore, on five counts of corruption allegations .
Both the order of arrest and the charges filed before the court are part of the moves to have the former minister extradited to Nigeria from the UK .
EFCC’s Acting Chairman , Mr . Ibrahim Magu, had recently said the commission was planning to extradite the ex- minister to Nigeria following the commission’s dissatisfaction with ýthe handling of the case by the UK government .
Earlier praying for Alison – Maduekwe’s arrest on Tuesday , EFCC’s lawyer , Msuur Denga , said the order of arrest was to enable the commission to apprehend and arraign her for the alleged financial crimes in Nigeria .
The EFCC said it had investigated the former minister along with Omokore, a former Chairman , Atlantic Energy Drilling Company , following a petition dated October 2 , 2013, from the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, bordering on money laundering and official corruption .
EFCC added in a statement , “Investigations into the petition revealed that Madueke as supervising minister of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, was found to have engaged in illicit and monumental fraudulent dealings in oil transactions , which she entered into on behalf of the Federal Government .
“Madueke and Omokore, are also alleged to have accepted and given gifts in properties located at Penthouse 22 , Block B, Admiralty Estate, Ikoyi , and Penthouse 21 , Building 5 , Block C , Banana Island , Lagos .
They are to be arraigned on February 25 , 2019 on a five – count for the offences, which are contrary to Sections 26 ( 1) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act , 2000 .”
The EFCC had said Alison -Madueke left the country for the United Kingdom while investigations into the allegations against her were ongoing .
It said the former minister had since refused to honour EFCC’s invitation to return to the country to be prosecuted .