Former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam El.Rufai may soon be extradited from the United states to Nigeria to face trial for alleged abuse of office, culminating in a N32 billion fraud and allocation of land to family members and cronies
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking his extradition under an international treaty between Nigeria and the United States of America.
. The treaty entitled “TREATY BETWEEN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ON MUTUAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE IN CRIMINAL MATTERS,” was signed in Washington, United States, on November 2, 1987.
The provision of the treaty which deals with deportation of nationals of the two contracting parties, when such is required, is under Article XVIII entitled “Information on Crimes, Arrests, Convictions, and Deportations.”
The provision reads:
“1. If the Central Authority of one Party becomes aware of criminal activities which are or may be committed within the jurisdiction of the other Party, it may so inform the Central Authority of that other party.
“2. The Requesting State may seek information from the Requested State regarding that State’s arrest, conviction, or deportation of a national of the Requesting State, when such information is needed in connection with an investigation, prosecution, or proceeding in the Requesting State.
“3. The request shall indicate the purpose for which the information is requested and shall contain such information as is available to the Central Authority of the Requesting State as to the arrest, investigation, or other law enforcement action.”