Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, has rejected a request of former Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, to be brought back from the United Kingdom, to face her corruption trial in Nigeria.
The former minister who went to the UK, shortly after she left office in 2015, had made the request through her lawyer before a Federal High Court which is hearing a corruption case involving her.
But Malami, addressing the state house correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the Presidency could not grant her request, because the UK is already investigating her for corruption allegation.
He explained that facilitating her repatriation back to Nigeria now, may affect the ongoing investigation by the UK authorities against her.
The justice minister explained that the Presidency will not hesitate to bring the former minister back to Nigeria, if there is the need to do so.