Former Petroleum minister, Dieziani Alison-Madueke who was arrested in London earlier today by the UK National Crime Agency over allegations bordering on bribery and corruption, has been granted bail by the magistrate court in London.
Her passport has been seized by the police and she is expected to report to the Charing Cross Police Station on Monday for questioning.
Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria’s presidency circle and another with links to her family said.
She was minister from 2010 until May 2015 under former president Goodluck Jonathan, who was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari at the election in March.
Buhari took office in May promising to root out corruption in Africa’s most populous nation where few benefit from the country’s enormous energy resources.
A police spokesman in London said he had no record of such an arrest. The National Crime Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In a short statement on its website, the NCA said its International Corruption Unit had arrested five people across London on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences on Friday, without naming the suspects.
Elombah.com was unable to reach Alison-Madueke’s personal assistant or a lawyer representing her. She has previously denied any wrongdoing when questioned about missing funds and graft allegations.
In a sign that the arrest had been coordinated with Nigerian authorities, the EFCC financial crimes unit sealed one of Alison-Madueke’s houses in the upmarket Asokoro district in the capital Abuja, two security officials said.
During her time in office, former central bank governor Lamido Sanusi was sacked after he raised concern that tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues had not been remitted to state coffers by the government-run oil company NNPC between January 2012 and July 2013.
On Sunday, Buhari said the prosecution of those suspected of misappropriating the NNPC’s revenue under past administrations would begin soon.
Getting tough on corruption would deflect criticism of Buhari for failing to appoint a cabinet or an economic team four months after taking office as Nigeria’s economy is going through a severe crisis due to the plunge in global oil prices.