Ekekeee can confirm that Nigeria’s immediate past minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been picked up by the International Corruption Unit in London alongside four other persons whose identities remain shrouded in secrecy because of the sensitive nature of the investigations.
“The National Crime Agency’s (NCA) recently formed International Corruption Unit has arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences”, the NCA website announced.
A network of countries viz Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and Nigeria are working in concert on the investigation.
Several foreign bank accounts containing Nigeria’s looted oil funds, have been traced to the erstwhile minister. Her business associates in Nigeria like Mr. Jide Omokore, also had visits from Nigeria’s anti-graft agency on Friday, Ekekeee has learned.
Omokore’s office was overturned as well.
While Mrs Madueke was arrested in London during the early hours, her posh Abuja home in the Asokoro area of Abuja was raided by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday afternoon.
The EFCC reportedly recovered vital documents from the erstwhile minister’s Abuja home which will aid the federal government in the prosecution of the case against her.
Alison-Madueke’s era as minister of petroleum was often shrouded in allegations of graft, grand larceny and opacity. The state run Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which she oversaw, was a case study in how not to run a government agency.
Former Central Bank Governor, Sanusi Lamido had blown the whistle on the disappearance of $20bn of oil proceeds under Diezani’s watch. He paid for crying foul with his job.
Diezani has been battling what reports suggest is terminal cancer in a London hospital. She had fled Nigeria soon after the change of leadership at the center and her family had asked for privacy from the public as she tends to her health.
This week’s dramatic turn of events isn’t exactly what the Doctor would have recommended.