A civil society group – the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) – on Wednesday requested the British authorities to extradite former Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to face trial in Nigeria.
SERAP’s call came against the backdrop of the hosting of International Anti-corruption Summit in London scheduled to commence on May 12.
The group said in a statement in Lagos that the UK should not provide “sanctuary” for Nigerian corrupt public officials or condone their impunity.
“The anti-corruption summit in London provides an important opportunity for the UK government to support the ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria.
“It is also to send a powerful message that the UK will not provide sanctuary for corrupt public officials or condone impunity.
“As a party to the UN Convention against Corruption, the UK government can use the convention as a basis for the extradition of Mrs Alison-Madueke to Nigeria.
“We urge the Nigerian authorities to without delay submit a request to the UK authorities for the extradition of Alison-Madueke, explicitly making the point that Nigeria will guarantee her a due process-trial.
“The Nigerian authorities should also consider filing a civil action against Alison-Madueke in the UK courts”, the statement signed by the Executive Director of SERAP, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, said.
“The allegations of corruption against her are strong enough for Prime Minister David Cameron to facilitate an extradition proceeding”.
SERAP also called on the UK Prime Minister to crack down on the country’s financial institutions that continued to provide “safe havens for corrupt funds” from Nigeria.
The group noted: “It is also important for Mr Cameron to work towards improving judicial cooperation between Nigeria and the UK if stolen assets stashed in the UK are to be fully repatriated”.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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