The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raided five prominent Nigerians fingered in the money laundering allegation against former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, seizing bullet-proof vehicles, huge cash and jewellery.
According to The Nation reports, the anti-graft agency and its British counterpart, National Crime Agency (NCA), are probing the suspects for allegedly conniving with Alison-Madueke to commit the crime.
Recall, Diezani was arrested in London on October 2 for alleged money laundering, bribery and corruption.
It was also learnt that the EFCC had restricted the movement of the ”high-profile” suspects to Nigeria, pending the conclusion of investigation.
Some of them may be extradited to the United Kingdom (UK), if the former minister is going to face trial.
Adding to that, the ant-graft agency is still searching the companies and homes of more suspects linked with the former minister, following emerging clues.
Most of the areas under surveillance are in Abuja and Lagos.
A top source said: ‘’It is too early to declare whether they are guilty or not. But in line with international best practices, the EFCC has invoked the assets forfeiture clause in its Act to seize some choice bullet-proof vehicles, huge cash and jewellery from these suspects.
‘’The movement of the affected suspects has also been restricted to Nigeria pending the conclusion of investigation.
‘’The case at hand involves a high-net worth syndicate with tentacles across the strata of the society. But we are already cracking the investigation.’’
When asked if the suspects will be tried in Nigeria, the source said:
‘’It is uncertain or remote because the NCA has initiated a process in the UK, we will not want to duplicate the process.
‘’ If necessary, some of the suspects might be extradited to the UK for trial. This depends on NCA because EFCC is only collaborating with the agency.’’