Nigerians have taken to their different social media pages to react to report of Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former Minister of Petroleum, ‘not being extraditable’ after acquiring Dominican citizenship.
Recall that since Buhari came in as president, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have taken a move to secure the extradition of the former minister for petroleum to answer some charges of N23.29 billion poll bribery scandal. The move which had suffered a setback following her claim to citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Alison was given a diplomatic passport, DP0000445 by the Dominican Government on May 21, 2015 shortly before the handover to President Muhammadu Buhari by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Her Citizenship was subsequently appointed as a Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica, was confirmed in a May 29, 2015 approval letter by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Kerry.
Statement read in part;
“I am pleased to confirm your appointment as Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Commonwealth of Dominica.
“Please note that this posting does not attract a remunerative package. In that respect, I am particularly encouraged by your willingness to serve.
“The appointment of a Trade and Investment Commissioner is consistent with my Government’s declared intention to have a permanent and active presence in the global business and financial sector operations. We believe that Dominica can benefit immeasurably from your illustrious record and profession success, and knowledge of investments and business operations.
“As Trade and Investment Commissioner, your scope of operation would revolve around the direct promotion and marketing of Dominica as a trade and investment domicile, as well as an emerging and unique tourist destination in the Caribbean.
“I encourage you playing an active role in the coordination of road shows and trade and investment expositions, as well as providing facilitator services to businessmen interested in investing or doing business with the Caribbean region. Dominica is ideally placed and equipped to serve as the perfect hub for such commercial activities in this region.
“Additionally, we would wish for you also to avail yourself and be of assistance to any Dominican citizen who may be keen on exploring business, trading or investment relations with the region or who may otherwise need assistance in the event of any distress.”
Al Jazeera therefore reported that Skerrit funded his election campaign with sales of his country’s diplomatic passport without playing by the rules of the United Nations in appointing ambassadors or diplomats.
The former Nigerian minister for petroleum who alongside other influential people dived into the advantage of this deal to secure a Dominican Diplomatic Passport that prevents security agencies from investigating them. She is now immune from arrest and prosecution by any law enforcement agency, including the Interpol due to the diplomatic passport that contains a restraining order against any arrest or prosecution.
A source told The Nation;
“Diezani is fully taking advantage of the system in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Dominica where she is a citizen.
“We cannot successfully repatriate her without the involvement of the two countries. She has really set hurdles against her extradition. While the National Crime Agency (NCA) claimed that it is still investigating our allegations against Diezani, the Commonwealth of Dominica has not shown any interest in the return of her citizen to Nigeria.
“What we have done so far is to present a comprehensive report of our findings to the NCA.
“As it is now, Diezani has dual citizenship and the UK Government would have to consult with all the affected countries.
“The prospect of extraditing Diezani is cumbersome. There had been issues on the actual treaty upon which she can be extradited. Yet she cannot be tried in foreign jurisdiction.”
Below are some reactions from Nigerians to the new development;