Some investigators from the United Kingdom have visited Nigeria to gather evidence as part of the ongoing probe and preparation for the arraignment of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
Diezani is under investigation over the missing $20billion oil cash, phoney crude oil lifting contracts, $115million poll bribery money, the $1.092b Malabu oil deal and the N5.2billion ($25m) oil cash paid by an Indian oil firm for an oil block.
According to a report by The Nation, the UK team inspected the former minister’s multi-billion naira mansion, her £600,000 exotic wrist watch and gold and diamond jewelry which have been confiscated.
It would be recalled that Mrs Alison-Madueke and four others were arrested in London on October 2, 2015 by the National Crime Agency( NCA). The NCA said all the suspects were released on “conditional police bail, pending further investigation both in the UK and overseas”.
Also, a London (Westminster Magistrate’s Court) on Marylebone Road had approved the seizure of $41,000 (£27,000) cash from Mrs Alison-Madueke and restricted her movement.
Diezani has also been implicated in a $115m (N23, 299,705,000billion) 2015 poll bribery scandal involving some Independent National Election Commission officials, Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo and the bank’s Head of Operations, Martin Izuogbe in connection with the scandal.
With the way things are going, a prophet is not needed to forecast what the future holds for the former minister.
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