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The Federal Government says it will bring a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, back to the country to face corruption charges when necessary.

Speaking to the media after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, Malami said the Federal Government "will not take any decision that will jeopardise what the United Kingdom government is doing".

"If Nigeria feels strongly that there is a need to bring Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke here to face charges of corruption, government will not hesitate to do that".

She wants the AGF compelled to bring her back to Nigeria from the United Kingdom - but there are insinuations that she wants to escape from a certain conviction overseas since Nigerian courts have no impressive record of jailing high-profile suspects.

"The truth of the matter is that steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bothering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians".

On whether she would likely get a fair trial if she were to be extradited to Nigeria, Malami responded: "Well, the issue is not about fair hearing now".

But the Attorney-General said there was no need to bring the former minister to Nigeria since the British government was already investigating her, stressing that the Federal Government would not take any decision that would jeopardize that investigation.

He said steps have been taken by the United Kingdom authorities on issues bordering on corrupt practices involving Nigerians.

"Considering the fact that there is an existing understanding between Nigeria and other countries especially United Kingdom on the recovery of stolen funds, you can not say government is not doing anything".

She is asking for a chance to defend allegations against her in a charge filed against Dele Belgore (SAN) and former National Planning Minister Abubakar Suleiman.

"So it is more important to face the charges there than for her to come as a mere witness in a case in Nigeria".

"As things stand now, there is no need for that since the UK Government is already investigating her".

The anti-graft agency had claimed that the sum was part of the $115 million which the former minister allegedly doled out to compromise the 2015 general elections.

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