The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has refused to grant extradition order against Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum, Deizani Alison-Madueke from the United Kingdom.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu turned down the application on the grounds that the evidence in support to prove that the earlier court summon granted to the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had failed in the extradition of Deizani, and it must be filed again before another request can be made.
Farouk Abdalla, the prosecution counsel, told the court that the defendant was not in court despite a notice of summons for her appearance that was published in a national daily and the EFCC’s website on August 20.
Ruling on the application, Justice Ojukwu ruled that an extension order be made, as the prosecution needed to file an affidavit to support the warrant for extradition.
The judge gave the prosecution more time to perfect every necessary document and file the same.
The case was subsequently adjourned to December 3 for hearing.