Evidence of graft remains elusive
There are strong indications that the British Police authorities are in quandary over how to pursue the alleged money laundering offence against former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, as the investigators have failed to establish any wrongdoing by the former minister.
Diezani Alison-Madueke had on Thursday January 21 appeared before an investigative hearing at the Charing Cross Police Station in London as part of the investigation into an alleged money laundering offence.
However, she was again granted bail by the British Police authorities on the same condition given earlier and her case was adjourned to June 21, 2016.
It was gathered that the long adjournment was not unconnected to the fact that the British Police has not been able to establish any strong evidence linking her with the alleged money laundering.
The immediate past Nigerian Petroleum minister had last year in an interview with publisher of Ovation magazine, Dele Momodu, vehemently denied being part of any fraud and corruption during her tenure as the Minister of Petroleum Resources under former president Goodluck Jonathan, adding that she was only being hunted by her adversaries.
“I’m certainly not a demon as being portrayed. I have no doubt that I served my nation well, the reason my colleagues at OPEC supported me despite the opposition from my own people.”
She also denied claims that some $20billion oil revenue was missing under her watch and challenged anyone with hard facts to come forth.
This claim infuriated her. “How can $20billion disappear just like that? Where did it disappear to? Is it possible that such an amount would not be traceable?
Diezani also said she was not the person most people portrayed her to be. “I’m certainly not a demon as being portrayed. I have no doubt that I served my nation well, the reason my colleagues at OPEC supported me despite the opposition from my own people,” She stated.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that Diezani, who is the first female president of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, was arrested by the United Kingdom, UK, National Crimes Agency, in October, 2015 alongside four others.
She was accused of fraud and money laundering in the United Kingdom using a network of relatives and businessmen.