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5 reasons Diezani Alison-Madueke prefers Nigerian court over the UK court for her corruption cases

Nigeria's former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke is currently on bail in London after being arrested in connection with a British probe into international corruption and money laundering

Many Nigerians were taken aback when the news broke that the former minister of Petroleum, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to compel the federal government to facilitate her extradition to Nigeria from the United Kingdom.

According to reports in local media, the embattled former minister professed that she would like to appear personally in court to defend the criminal charges against her in Nigeria.
For a person whose many associates are currently undergoing trial for corruption-related cases in the country, it is rather not for the love of the country but may be a way to escape the structured criminal justice system of the United Kingdom.
At present, Mrs Diezani is on bail in the UK for money laundering and other financial crimes offence. One case many are of the opinion she may not go free.
With the assurance of thorough investigations by the UK police and the possibility of eventual conviction by the UK courts, the best strategy for her is to come back to Nigeria where she is relatively sure of a chance to buy her freedom.
Other reasons that could make her consider this option are list below:

1.    Opportunity to buy judgment

The corruption level in the Nigerian judicial system has been noted as endemic. With enough financial warchest, judgment can be bought at any level of the judicial structure, including the Supreme Court.
She might be trying to repeat the Ibori judicial escapade, as it is sure some manipulations can be done.
If Diezani’s cases are to be tried in Nigeria, we can be rest assured that she will be capable of buying her way through the system.

2.    Poor handling of investigation and prosecution by the Police or EFCC

One of the most vital reasons she might have opted for Nigeria is that security agencies are renowned for their poor investigation before prosecution. Thus, leading to many criminal cases being struck out and many perceived criminals going scot-free.
To Diezani and her lawyers, they are sure the above scenario would also play out, as corruption cases previously handled by the anti-graft agencies have suffered the same fate.
Nigerians were shocked as the same offences Mr James Ibori was discharged off by a Nigerian court, are same he pleaded guilty to in a UK court.

3.    With 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), her freedom can be secured

One of the best ways of evading justice in Nigeria is seeking the services of senior members of the legal profession in Nigeria.
Though, it comes at a huge financial cost but getting such service would most surely tilt the case in your favour.
Having observed the validity of this scenario, Diezani is sure to posses the financial strength needed to hire some SANs to her side. Hence, any case by the Federal government or EFCC is sure won before its commencement in court.
According to former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, while expressing displeasure at the spate of criminal cases lost by the EFCC and ICPC, said "get 'ogbologbo lawyers' for the government and stop the practice of farming out corruption cases to external lawyers.'

4.    Indefiniteness and poor Criminal justice system in Nigeria

The indefinite trial time of criminal cases in Nigeria may have been one of the factors that made Mrs Diezani chose a Nigerian court over that of the UK.
To Diezani and her lawyers, securing her bail would be the first task to achieve. While she enjoys the timelessness that comes with criminal cases in the country.
For Diezani, coming to Nigeria is a sure way of walking free and engaging in many activities.

5.    Opportunity for Political interference of the case in Nigeria

Just like other high-profile corruption cases in Nigeria, it is sure that Diezani would deploy political mechanization and ethnic sentiments to mount pressure on the government to drop the case against her.
For any corruption case, political and ethnic cards are best potent tools that are deployed which are never an option in a UK court.
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