Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been released from detention several hours after agents of the UK National Crime Agency arrested her from her plush flat in Westminster City in London.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke had been taken to the Charing Cross Police station in London where she was booked, interrogated and......
later granted bail. According to source, the former minister’s international passport was taken from her to prevent her possible flight from the UK.
On her release, the former minister, who oversaw a series of controversial deals during her tenure as Petroleum Minister under President Goodluck Jonathan, returned to her flat on Edmund’s Terrace in Westminster City.
The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed today its agents had arrested five individuals in connection with international bribery and corruption. The agency revealed that the arrested persons were aged between 21 and 60 years of age.
In a related development, Indications emerged yesterday that former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke, and four other people arrested by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the United Kingdom yesterday will be tried in London.
The suspects were said to have been questioned for several hours following their arrests in different parts of London four months after the British Prime Minister, Mr. David Cameron, pledged his country’s support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.
Cameron had in a meeting with Buhari during the latter’s visit to London in May assured the Nigerian president of his government’s readiness to provide technical assistance to the Nigerian government to aid its anti-corruption reforms.
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