The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission says it has obtained an arrest warrant as it begins the extradition process of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, from the United Kingdom back to Nigeria, to face the 13-count charges bordering on money laundering levelled against her by the anti-graft agency.
The commission further revealed that the money laundering charges for which Alison-Madueke is answerable to the EFCC cover jurisdictions in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the U.S.A and Nigeria.
The commission, however, did not give details of the court from which it got the warrant.
Acting spokesman, Dele Oyewale, in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, said the anti-graft agency had initiated extradition proceedings, adding that Diezani would soon have her day in Nigerian courts.
Earlier on Monday, Alison-Madueke was arraigned by the British prosecutors on bribery charges. The charges against her, read out in court, all related to events alleged to have taken place in London during her time as a minister in Nigeria.
She was however granted bail by Judge Michael Snow of Southwark Crown Court in the sum of £70,000.
Her next court appearance will be at Southwark Crown Court, which deals with serious criminal cases, on October 30.