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We Must Get Deizani — EFCC

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Deizani Allison-Madueke

Daniel Ojukwu

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, said it would ensure former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani Allison-Madueke’s return to the country to face graft charges.

Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu said this during a visit to the Ibadan Zonal Office of the commission.

He also said the EFCC would embark on a 10 million-man-march against corruption on February 14.

Magu lamented the pace at which investigations were conducted into Deizani’s case by foreign partners, stressing that her matter was straightforward unlike murder cases which could take longer.

Magu said, “I thank the media for being partners by collaborating with us in doing what we are doing. This year, we are going to upgrade our strategy. Rerun elections and all outstanding elections are to be concluded; we are part of it and we are going to fight vote-buying. Everybody is on our radar, so I want you to join us on that day so that we can expose the vote buyers and collect their money.

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“And, if you are going there, make sure you don’t carry more than N25,000, otherwise, they will arrest you. So, we are going on with the fight against vote-buying during next Saturday’s elections in the affected states.

“We are collaborating with the Nigerians in diaspora; we are collecting a whole lot of information. We also want to collaborate with Nigerians locally so that they will give us more information to exposed the looters so that they can return the loot. The whistleblower policy is still active, just that it is being slowed down because you have to go to court and exhaust all the processes.”

On Diezani, he said, “We must get her. They have no reason to keep her there. Why should you keep her without taking her to court? This is the fifth year; why should you be investigating a matter for five years and it’s a matter that is straightforward, a financial crime investigation? It is not a murder case that should linger.

“They are giving her protection for whatever reason and they are yet to disclose whatever offence she has committed. They are only relying on the evidences that we have recovered. So, they are not serious but they are our partners.

“By February 14, we shall embark on a 10 million man march against corruption and corrupt people.”

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