Diezani Alison-Madueke, Ex-Petroleum Minister Arrested In London
When President Buhari told the Nation that when he enters power, he will man hunt everyone who must have stolen from the country’s tresury. Many never believed him. Well, his actions since he came to power has been proven his word right. I am not concluding that those arrested stole but until they are proven otherwise, we are waiting. Among those been arrested for illegal misappropriation of the Country’s fund, the latest to have been arrested is the former minister of petroleum mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, who was on Friday arrested in London.
Diezani Alison-Madueke the former minister, happens to be one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. Her influence has risen so high that one will never believe she was touchable. But as it were, the UK is not Nigeria were anyone can escape jurisdiction. Diezani Alison-Madueke was arrested on Friday morning by the UK National Crimes Agency, with her four other colleague.
We could not get the identities of the other four persons that were also arrested alongside her.
According to report, the powerful and influential ex minister was ducked for offenses related to bribery, corruption and money laundering.
British High Commission in Nigeria confirmed that some arrests were made Friday but refused to disclose the identities of those people involved in the arrest When he was contacted.
Read what the 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 Crimes 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.”
As it is now, it has not been confirmed if the arrest was made on the Diezani Alison-Madueke was mdae based on the request from the Nigerian government.
We all still could remember that on September 27 , President Muhammadu Buhari had hinted that those who misappropriated billions of naira belonging to Nigeria’s state oil company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation would soon be prosecuted. Nad today, we might be seing such.
During a meeting with President Xi Jinping of China in New York President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed that his administration was determined to fully sanitize Nigeria’s oil industry and make it totally free of corruption and shady deals.
President Muhammadu Buhari however did not reveal how soon the prosecutions would start or if indeed investigations regarding the matter have been concluded and whether the other four culprits have been identified.
It should be noted Mrs. Alison-Madueke, who is been accused of several corrupt dealings, has stayed away from the country since Mr. Buhari was sworn-in as president. Hope we have not forgooten about the missing 20 Billion Dollar from the petroleum account under her reign as the Petroleum Minister.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke was first appointed into the federal cabinet in 2007 by the Umuaru Yaradua’s short spell as president of Nigeria.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke was a former director at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, she was appointed Minister of Transport by late President Umaru Yar’adua.
In the late 2008, that should be December 2008, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was redeployed to the mines and steel development ministry.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke was appointed Nigeria’s petroleum minister in February 2010 by the Goodluck Jonathan regime, a position she held till May 29, 2015 when Mr. Jonathan left office.
Under her tenure, variance of oil theft were recorded. During her tenure,
dubious oil marketers stole trillions of naira of oil subsidy money. Though she retained her position after the House of Representative set up an investigation committee to investigate her and later she was indicted.
Investigations made by independent audit firms, including the KPMG and Price watera house coopers, confirmed billions of dollars of oil money were missing, the most notable being $20 billion in 2014.
It was reported then that Long before her stint in the oil and gas sector, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was investigated by the Nigerian Senate on the allegation she paid N30.9 billion to contractors while she held office as transportation minister.
Later on in the year 2009, the Senate also indicted Mrs. Alison-Madueke and recommended her for prosecution for allegedly transferring N1.2 billion into a private account of a toll company without due process.