Monday, October 5, 2015

Alleged bribery: UK Informs Buhari of Diezani’s arrest

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President Muhammadu Buhari  has been told of former Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke’s arrest in Britain.
The Presidency also confirmed last night that the Department of State Service (DSS) was collaborating with the National Crime Agency (NCA) in Britain to get to the......
root of the bribery and money laundering allegations against the former Minister and four others, who are yet to be named.

According to TheNation, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an exclusive chat with TheNation's correspondent last night, said:  “Nigeria is aware of the arrest of the ex- Minister; the government has been informed.
“The arms of government  dealing with investigation, particularly the Department of State Service (DSS), are actively collaborating with the relevant agencies in the UK.”
Asked to expatiate on the matter, Shehu said: “Nobody wants to say anything as a Mark of respect for the agencies carrying out the investigation. We also want to show that we are serious about this anti-corruption war.”
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) plans to send a team to London to be part of the former minister’s trial.
Mrs Alison-Madueke, who is on bail, is expected to be charged to court in London for alleged money laundering and other related offences by  the NCA.
Jonathan was said to be trying to get in touch with the ex-minister  to “get first hand information” on her arrest.
The International Corruption Unit (ICU) of NCA on Friday arrested Alison-Madueke and four others.
The EFCC collaborated with the NCA in investigating Mrs Alison-Madueke in the last two years.
It was gathered that the EFCC made vital documents, including details of bank transactions of some of her business associates, available to the NCA.

Culled - TheNation

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