June 19, 2024

NIGERIA Global News

Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former petroleum minister of Nigeria, has been charged by UK police with bribery


Indictments for bribery have been brought against Diezani Alison-Madueke, the former minister of petroleum resources of Nigeria, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the United Kingdom.


When Alison-Madueke was first detained in London in October 2015, she was released on bail. 


She will show up in court in the British capital on October 2, according to the NCA. 


According to the AFP, shortly after her detention, the family attorney for the woman stated that she would vehemently refute the corruption allegations that have been leveled against her both before and during her tenure as a minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan.


According to a statement made by Andy Kelly, the head of the NCA’s international corruption team, “We suspect Diezani Alison-Madueke abused her power in Nigeria and accepted financial rewards for awarding multi-million-pound contracts.”


The NCA claims that Alison-Madueke received at least £100,000 ($127,000) in cash, chauffeur-driven cars, private jet travel, opulent vacations for her family, and use of numerous London apartments.


According to the AFP, the costs also include financial perks such as furnishings, personnel for property renovations, payment of tuition for elite schools, and gifts from high-end designer stores like Louis Vuitton products and Cartier jewelry.


According to Kelly, bribery is a persistent type of corruption that fosters serious crime and can have disastrous effects on emerging nations. 


These accusations mark a turning point in a lengthy and intricate multinational inquiry. 


According to her family, the former oil minister underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer and has been living in the affluent St. John’s Wood neighborhood of North London since her initial arrest.


The NCA said that at the time of her arrest, just five persons in London had been detained on suspicion of engaging in international corruption.


Following Alison-Madueke’s arrest, the Nigerian administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari announced that its law enforcement authorities were working with their British counterparts.


The NCA said that millions of pounds worth of assets related to the case had been frozen as part of the investigation, and the NCA in March gave the US Department of Justice information that allowed them to collect $53.1 million worth of assets related to Alison-Madueke’s alleged misconduct.

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