The sum of £27,000 was ordered seized today in the case National Crime Agency vs Alison-Madueke and will be detained until April 2016, Elombah.com could confirm.
The cash was seized under Section 295 of proceeds of crime act until 5th April 2016 following an application made Monday at Westminster Magistrates Court by the National Crime Agency, NCA.
Upon Elombah.com inquiries for update regarding the appearance of Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke in court today on charges of money laundering, Westminster magistrates court responded that “There was no charge of money laundering, there was an application to detain cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act, by the National Crime Agency which was granted.”
There has been expectation that Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke was at Westminster magistrates court at 10.am this morning with Mrs Beatrice Agama, (Mrs Madueke’s mother)
An email from the court earlier stated Alison-Madueke will be in Court 10 this morning at 10.00am
However, it later emerged that NCA applied for an order that cash seized be detained. Experts say NCA have to apply on a cash seizure case within 48 hours so they must have found it recently.
This also means Diezani does not have to appear in court, she is however entitled to appear if she so wishes. It will then explain why contrary to emails from the court, Mrs Diezani may not have had to attend today.
The former Nigerian Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in the U.K. on suspicion of bribery and money laundering offenses, an official in the Nigerian presidency said.
On Friday 2nd October, the National Crime Agency’s recently formed International Corruption Unit arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences.
All five people arrested were released on conditional police bail later that evening, pending further investigation both in the UK and overseas.
“The government is aware of the arrest and is cooperating with the investigators in the U.K.,” Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said Monday by phone from the capital, Abuja.
Alison-Madueke, a former president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, served as Nigerian oil minister for five years until her party lost elections in March.
Five people were released on bail on Friday, the U.K.’s National Crime Agency said on its website, without identifying them.
According to the website of NCA, the investigation commenced in 2013 under the Proceeds of Corruption Unit, and transferred to the NCA earlier this year.