Former Nigerian Minister Obanikoro Could Face Extradition From US

Mr. Obanikoro

US government is ready to extradite Obanikoro to Nigeria accoring to treaty signed between two countries

Accordly to Sahara Reporters,The United States government is ready to extradite its citizens to countries it has signed a treaty with, according to Peter Carr, an official at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Mr. Carr said that the embattled former Nigerian minister Musiliu Obanikoro could be successfully extradited by the Nigerian government

Roger Clark, an international legal expert, made explanations on United States laws as refers to the extradition of people who, like Mr. Obanikoro, hold American citizenship. He stated: “The United States has no problem extraditing its nationals provided there is a treaty.” A pact between Nigeria and the United States exists, he said, adding that it was signed into force in 1935 when Nigeria was still under colonial control by Great Britain.

Mr. Obanikoro was again propelled into public attention on Tuesday when agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) searched several properties belonging to him and his family. SaharaReporters confirmed that EFCC agents went into Mr. Obanikoro’s posh Ikoyi estate in Lagos State and seized expensive wristwatches, vehicles, and other valuable items.

Accordly to SaharaReporters, Mr. Obanikoro’s involvement in the infamous Ekitigate scandal—detailing how the former minister anchored the rigging the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State in favor of Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr. Obanikoro, who was as one of the masterminds of the plot, was caught on a leaked audio recording inducing Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh with the promise of promotion and cash once the officer helped deliver the state for the PDP candidate.

Sahara Reporter learned that the cash Mr. Obanikoro used to bankroll Ekitigate, which included bribing polling officers, the military, and other political leaders, came from then National Security Adviser (NSA) Sambo Dasuki. Mr. Dasuki, it is now known, illegally diverted security funds to the tune of at least $2.1 billion during his tenure at the Office of the National Security Adviser. Some of the stolen funds went to Mr. Obanikoro and other PDP henchmen for the purpose of rigging elections for the party.

Mr. Obanikoro fled Nigeria in 2015 shortly after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Since leaving Nigeria, Mr. Obanikoro has been spotted in several places in the United States. Recently, SaharaReporters obtained graduation photos of Mr. Obanikoro, who had completed a graduate degree in history at Oglethorpe University in Georgia.

Ex-minister, who served under the government of former president Goodluck Jonathan, had recently dared Muhammadu Buhari to extradite him to Nigeria to stand trial for fraud charges filed against him. Obanikoro left Nigeria for the United States after the defeat of PDP by the APC in the last presidential poll. He is being probed on allegations of official misconduct and illegal contract splitting. Meanwhile, the politician said he was not aware of any probe into his activities when he held different ministerial portfolios during Jonathan tenure

Source :Sahara Reporters


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