An arrest warrant by the International Police (Interpol) has been issued for former petroleum minister Diezani Allison-Madueke following a request by the Federal Government to the agency.
A reliable source told The Punch that the necessary charges had been filed and attached to the extradition request by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
By this request, all Interpol member countries were obliged to arrest the former minister anywhere she is seen on their territories.
Attached to the extradition request was the November 4, 2018 order for her arrest by Justice Valentine Ashi of the FCT High Court.
The court had directed the Inspector-General of Police; the Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Director-General of the State Security Service and all heads of other agencies to apprehend the ex-petroleum minister.
The judge further directed that the order which was signed by the court registrar E. Balami should be attached to a warrant for execution on Madueke.
“We have filed the necessary processes and the Interpol has red-flagged Allison-Madueke. This means that the extradition process has been kick-started and the former minister may be arrested by the United Kingdom police or any police agency all over the world and repatriated to Nigeria,” the source said.
Checks on the Interpol website, however, indicated that the accused person had not been listed.
Only the profiles of two male Nigerians –Ehirobo Nathaniel, 53, and Ernest Kenel, 49, wanted for advance fee fraud – were listed on the website.