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US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by ijustdey: 10:03pm On Jun 17, 2016
US Justice Department Says Former Nigerian Minister Obanikoro Could Face Extradition From US


A United States legal scholar and an official of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have provided answers suggesting that Nigeria could successfully request the extradition of Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Defense, Musiliu Obanikoro, who is currently a resident in the US.

The responses from Rutgers law professor, Roger Clark, and DOJ spokesman, Peter Carr, came in response to inquiries by SaharaReporters into Mr. Obanikoro’s legal status with regard to US extradition laws. Both experts’ responses revealed that Mr. Obanikoro is susceptible to extradition should the Nigerian government follow appropriate legal procedures to request for it.

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 .

SaharaReporters first broke the news of 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.

It was later 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.

Questions have been raised as to whether Mr. Obanikoro is eligible for extradition from the United States owing to speculation that he holds American citizenship. A SaharaReporters investigation, published in 2007, included the data page of Mr. Obanikoro’s US passport issued on June 16th, 1995.

The name on the passport carries obvious similarities to the name Mr. Obanikoro uses today. At that time, the former minister was going by the name Muhammed Musiliu Olatunde Onikoro. The 2007 SaharaReporters investigation
noted that Mr. Obanikoro’s election forms for Lagos State governor used the name Mohammed Musiliu Olatunde Onikoro.

Further, a SaharaReporters inquiry confirmed that Mr. Obanikoro worked at the Little Flower Children Service in Brooklyn, New York under his passport name, Olatunde Onikoro, in the 1980s. According to Mr. Obanikoro’s biography on his former campaign website , he also worked in Houston, Texas in the Adult Probation Department following his studies at Texas Southern University.

SaharaReporters contacted an international legal expert, Roger Clark, to seek legal clarification on United States laws as they pertain to the extradition of people who, like Mr. Obanikoro, hold American citizenship. Mr. Clark is an expert on international criminal law and a professor at Rutgers University School of Law in the United States.

Asked whether the United States government would extradite an American citizen to a foreign country where they had allegedly committed a crime, Mr. Clark stated that “the United States has no problem extraditing its nationals provided there is a treaty.”
Mr. Clark added that some countries in Western Europe are reluctant to extradite their own citizens, but added that “common law countries” do not usually have a problem assuming legal processes are followed.

According to Mr. Clark, common law countries including Nigeria will often fall under the same treaty that outlines reciprocal and mutually agreed on rules for extraditing their nationals. The legal expert pointed out that the treaty was signed into force in 1935 when Nigeria was still under colonial control by Great Britain and that it remains in effect today.

The treaty provides a litany of crimes that qualify for extradition, including fraud, fraudulent conversion, obtaining money or goods by false pretenses, forgery, offenses against bankruptcy law, and bribery.

Numerous investigative reports by SaharaReporters and other media indicate that Mr. Obanikoro may have violated several of these laws, including evidence connected to his role in the Ekitigate plot. Sources speaking to SaharaReporters in December 2015 revealed that money stolen by the former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki has been traced to several companies under the control of Mr. Obanikoro . The sources disclosed that the ill-gotten money was either used for Ekitigate bribes or laundered by Mr. Obanikoro for personal use.

SaharaReporters also discussed the issue of extradition with Peter Carr, an official at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) . The DOJ is the primary federal criminal investigation and enforcement arm of the US government and would play a significant role in any extradition process.

In an email to SaharaReporters, Mr. Carr explained that “within [existing] statutory and treaty framework, US practice is, generally, to extradite its citizens, assuming that the requirements of the treaty are met.” He added, “The fact of dual nationality with Nigeria would be irrelevant in this context.”

Article 8 of the extradition treaty “specifies that extraditions will comply with the laws of the requested country, i.e., the place where the fugitive is found,” Mr. Carr further stated in his email to SaharaReporters.


http://saharareporters.com/2016/06/17/us-justice-department-says-former-nigerian-minister-obanikoro-could-face-extradition-us

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by Omudia11: 10:14pm On Jun 17, 2016
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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by McKc22(m): 10:20pm On Jun 17, 2016
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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by bigerboy200: 10:20pm On Jun 17, 2016
Good
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by kenonze(f): 10:20pm On Jun 17, 2016
Good move.

SaharaReporters have really helped Nigerians.
If they come after u, you are finished.

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by aotlatitude(m): 10:21pm On Jun 17, 2016
na novel be dat abi na news?

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by tiamiyukunle69(m): 10:23pm On Jun 17, 2016
Let the extradition begin.........

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by dajebeedrys(m): 10:23pm On Jun 17, 2016
Casala wan burst.

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by aumeehn: 10:24pm On Jun 17, 2016
Mtsw! Na our looted money wey we want not obanikoro!!! Bleep the US!
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by kingmekus(m): 10:24pm On Jun 17, 2016
Gee
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by segebase(m): 10:25pm On Jun 17, 2016
make dem extradite am
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by lordtriplee(m): 10:25pm On Jun 17, 2016
Koro, come and eat beans.

Kuje loves you
Kuje is ya new home
Vomit our yam
Yam n beans in prison

grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by ganisucks(f): 10:27pm On Jun 17, 2016
Lies from the pit ☀̤̣̈̇f hell

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by AntiWailer: 10:27pm On Jun 17, 2016
Send him home ooo.


We need his newly acquired knowledge to move our country forward

grin grin

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by engrhorla(m): 10:27pm On Jun 17, 2016
Ehn ehn..nice one!

That narrative he is giving on twitter, he can then nicely give it in EFCC bunker

Using Ramadan as excuse

So coz of Ramadan, EFCC shld susppend it's work, courts shld not open

Na so queen of oil dey use her cancer as excuse

Dumb asses!

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by salabscholar01(m): 10:28pm On Jun 17, 2016
ok
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by StepTwo: 10:28pm On Jun 17, 2016
kenonze:
Good move.
SaharaReporters have really helped Nigerians. If they come after u, you are finished.
you mean like they went after Akpabio, Saraki and Dino melaye and they are
all finished?

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by davodyguy: 10:28pm On Jun 17, 2016
The guy just finished himself by talking too much..

If you dare sahara reporters, you do so at your own risk

Ask Stella Oduah

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by Koleman(m): 10:29pm On Jun 17, 2016
Sahara na bad guys. In essence they just leaked the expo to de Nigerian govt. Sai gobe!

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by kbams241: 10:29pm On Jun 17, 2016
My dear obanikoro. U Shuld av kept quiet after d Efcc raid. C watin u Don cause for urself

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by lonelydora(m): 10:30pm On Jun 17, 2016
Chai......after making mouth? He should come and help Nigeria with his newly acquired knowledge.

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by marhoinspire: 10:30pm On Jun 17, 2016
Justice must prevail. He should nt be scared of what he is innocent of as claimed by him. Trust me, if he is extradited eh... his case ll b worst than that of Dazuki.

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by julybaba(m): 10:30pm On Jun 17, 2016
Greedy fool, one of Ibori's trainees

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by bignene(m): 10:30pm On Jun 17, 2016
After all d mouth wen he Don make

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by Nobody: 10:31pm On Jun 17, 2016
one forsaken professor spoke not US dept of State! and trust efcc to bungle the case!

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by davodyguy: 10:31pm On Jun 17, 2016
undecided
engrhorla:
Ehn ehn..nice one!

That narrative he is giving on twitter, he can then nicely give it in EFCC bunker

Using Ramadan as excuse

So coz of Ramadan, EFCC shld susppend it's work, courts shld not open

Na so queen of oil dey use her cancer as excuse

Dumb asses!
Ignorance is when someone commits a greavious offence, and allow him go cos of sentiment. Such act automatically sets bad precedent for others to commit similar crime

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by mondbest(m): 10:33pm On Jun 17, 2016
I read only the highlight but my main point though is that sahara reporters have really done what other reporters cannot do

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by EMMANTOP1(m): 10:35pm On Jun 17, 2016
mondbest:
I read only the highlight but my main point though is that sahara reporters have really done what other reporters cannot do
U got a point man
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by ademoladeji(m): 10:47pm On Jun 17, 2016
US Govt, please, we need Obanikoro in Nigeria ASAP.
Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by viktagorion: 10:50pm On Jun 17, 2016
Another witch- hunt.



Mshewwww.



How much did Koro 'stole' sef?

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Re: US Government Is Ready To Extradite Obanikoro by ALAYORMII: 10:54pm On Jun 17, 2016
Tot he said he's not hiding, what'd the extradition for.
Can't he just come home and prove his innocence or otherwise

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