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Former Petroleum Minister Deziani Allison-Madueke arrested in UK

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Mrs Deziani Madueke has been arrested in London, and is being repatriated  to Nigeria to answer corruption charges against her. 

The Former Minister of Petroleum Resources was arrested on Friday by the UK National Crime Agency.

International Corruption Unit arrests – The National Crime Agency’s recently formed International Corruption Unit has arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences. – UK National Crime Agency, 2nd October 2015

EFCC agents arrived Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s palatial home, located in upmarket Asokoro district of Abuja, and sealed the property Friday.

Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, is yet to issue a statement on the reported arrest but Elombah.com investigations revealed that the UK Police picked up Allison-Maduekwe and four other yet to be identified persons on Friday in relation with offences bordering on fraud and bribery.

The Spokesman for the UK High Commission in Abuja, Joe Abuku, confirmed that five persons were arrested by the agency. He, however, did not disclose their identities.

Elombah.com also gathered that officers of the Serious Organised Crime Agency picked up the former powerful minister under Goodluck Jonathan at the instance of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which has been probing her.   

The EFCC also  dispatched a team of crack investigators to the residence of Allison-Maduekwe’s resident at Frederick Chiluba Avenue, Asokoro, moments after the commission was alerted that the investigation had commenced from the UK’s end.

EFCC operatives were still ransacking her residence as of the time of filing this report at 7.20 pm, Elombah.com learnt.

Multiple sources  has confirmed the arrest of Allison-Maduekwe to Elombah.com on Friday.

Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday, a source from Nigeria’s presidency circle and another with links to her family said.

Alison-Madueke 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.

Alison-Madueke 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 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.

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