• EFCC seals up her Abuja Residence
  • Polls held in LGAs –Witnesses To face trial in Nigeria

Petroleum and President of the
Organisation of Petroleum Exporting
Countries, OPEC, MrsDiezani
Alison-Madueke, has been reportedly
arrested in London.
Also, operatives of Economic and
Finance Crimes Commission, EFCC,
yesterday moved in to carry out
search of her Abuja residence and
subsequently sealed the mansion,
in what many say may has marked
the beginning of an inquest into the
activities of President Goodluck
Jonathan’s former key cabinet
Alison-Madueke’s arrest, which
has been connected to allegations
bordering on corruption and other
sharp practices, was said to have
been done by the United Kingdom
Metropolitan Police.
Two top British officials in London
however confirmed the development
to reporters. They requested not
to be named because they have no
permission to speak on the issue.
The British High Commission in
Nigeria confirmed that some arrests
were made Friday, but declined
to disclose the identities of those
Press and Public Affairs Officer,
Joseph Abuku said, “This morning,
five people between the ages of 21
and 60 were arrested on suspicion of
bribery and corruption offences. The
crimes are being investigated by the
National Crime Agency.
“The National Crime Agency does
not confirm identity at arrest nor
provide information that could be
used to corroborate the identity of an
arrested individual.”
Nonetheless, the UK National
Crime Agency, according a report,
said she was arrested alongside four
other persons whose identities are
yet to be disclosed and is already
being investigated.
Before her arrest, Nigerian Pilot
Saturday reliably gathered that the
Federal Government had secured
extradition order from the United
Kingdom to return her to Nigeria
for prosecution for alleged sundry
financial malpractices.
Though the ex-minister was said
to have gone to London to seek
medical attention for her cancer
problem, the federal government
had insisted that she must come
home to face trial over allegations of
It was alleged earlier in the year
that the former Petroleum Minister,
who was one of the closest to the
administration of former President
Jonathan, would flee the country,
to avoid being prosecuted over
allegations of fraud, especially in
the Nigerian National Petroleum
Commission, NNPC.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls
that the former Central Bank of
Nigeria, CBN, and now the Emir
of Kano, SanusiLamidoSanusi, had
alleged that the NNPC under her
watch had failed to remit $48 billion.
The corporation had subsequently
repeatedly come under fire for under
remitting to the Federation Account,
allegations that were vehemently
A Senate investigative panel
later exonerated the corporation by
insisting that all remittances were
appropriately made except about
$1.2 billion that was not.
However, following the defeat of
the PDP-led Federal Government, it
became public that the corporation
only remitted 42 per cent of its total
revenue while deploying about 35
per cent for its use, a development
that led to angst from sundry
The former minister was then
rumoured to have sought the
intervention of former Military Head
of State, Gen. AbdulsalamAbubakar
(rtd) and former President
OlusegunObasanjo to plead
against her arrest by the APC-led
federal government of President
MuhammaduBuhari, who has made
no pretences about his disdain for
alleged corrupt political appointees.
It was subsequently reported that
she was seeking asylum, but she, at
the time, denied seeking asylum in
any part of the world, stating that the
Jonathan administration had done
a lot in the oil and gas industry that
cannot be rubbished with malicious
Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s tenure
as Petroleum Minister was racked
by controversy as she was alleged
to have corruptly enriched herself,
while she was said to have spent N10
billion to fly private jets.
She had some running battles
with the National Assembly on
the allegations, which were never
resolved until her tenure ended with
the defeat of the former President
Goodluck Jonathan.
The former minister has consistently
denied any wrongdoing. In June,
after leaving office, she rejected all
allegations of embezzlement, saying
she never stole from Nigeria.
EFCC’s search of the Abuja
residence of Diezani Alison-
Madueke is as part of a multinational
investigation of the former Minister
of Petroleum Resources.
The EFCC said it has made relevant
discovery of documents that would
aid appropriate prosecution of the
ex-oil czar.
The EFCC also sealed the residence
of the former minister.