For Many Nigerians that are having mixed feelings over the decision of the economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) for its all of a sudden notice of extraditing former minister of petroleum Mrs Allison Diezani Madueke should now know that the slow in action coming from the Agency may not be unconnected to the relevant key provisions of extradition law that was not in force before president Buhari's appendage of its Amendment into law yesterday.
The president assented to five bills including the Extradition Amendment Act 2018 among other bills.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, disclosed this when he addressed State House correspondents in Abuja and that which is monitored by our correspondent on Monday.
On the Extradition bill, Enang said that the Act vested jurisdiction on extradition proceedings now on the Federal High Court and no more on the Magistrates Court or Magistrates.
He explained that the amendment further introduced a new section 15(2) preventing double jeopardy as protected by Section 36(9) of the Constitution.
“The new section prevents a person surrendered to Nigeria in accordance with extraction treaty, obligation from being arrested, detained, extradited or otherwise dealt with in Nigeria or any other country within the Commonwealth or any other country having same extraditing agreement with Nigeria, if the proceedings relate to an offence for which he has been previously convicted or acquitted in the requesting country for which extradition is sought by the Nigerian authorities.’’
Meanwhile, the economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) on noticing that the provision of the extradition amendment had been signed by president mohammadu Buhari yesterday, may form part of the reason the commission decided to seek the extradition of former minister of petroleum resources, Mrs Diezani-Madueke
The acting chairman of the commission made this disclosure while briefing newsmen in a conference marking his three years in office, wondered why there is no prosecution going on there in the United Kingdom “justifying his reason for requesting for her extradition even though it was speculated that the provisions of the law for extradition needs to be more strengthened in other that it can best be utilised for cases of this nature inline with extradition treaty that Nigeria was part of its signatory
Adding that the former minister would be given speedy trial the moment she comes back to the country