More suspects may be arraigned to join Diezani Allison-Madueke – UK Government

There were indications, yesterday, that a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, arrested and released in the United Kingdom, on Friday, on money laundering allegations, may be charged to court, this week.

And feelers showed that she will not be the only person in the dock.

Report gathered that besides the four other persons arrested with the former minister, more suspects may also be arraigned.

Meanwhile, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives, who raided the Abuja home of Allison-Madueke, just at about the time of her arrest in the UK, on Friday, reportedly recovered cash running into millions of Naira.

The trial is expected to be conducted in London and is likely to draw thousands of Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom (UK) but no date was specified, last night, when Newsmen made contacts with the National Crime Agency (NCA), which arrested and released Diezani and the four others on Friday.

An official of the NCA gave indication of the trial in a telephone chat but pointed out that the identities of all the suspects would only be unveiled at the point of charging them to court.

The official explained that the law establishing the NCA does not allow it to name those being investigated before charging them to court.

The official said: “Indeed we cannot name the five persons who were arrested and granted police conditional bail until we are ready to charge them to court.

“The law does not permit us to do so and we will release appropriate information to the media as the case progresses”.

But it was learnt from sources close to the British government that the NCA might have concluded arrangements to arraign Diezani and other suspects believed to be mostly Nigerian oil business men, suspected to have aided and abetted money laundering while the former minister was in office.

One of the sources said the British Government started investigating Diezani as early as 2013 following sustained allegations of financial wrongdoings at home and abroad, leveled against her and some officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

In the meantime, a team of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives, which raided the Abuja home of the former minister in Asokoro, Abuja, was said to have recovered cash running into millions of Naira from the place.

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17 Comments

  1. PMB.. listen to me..Please leave this woman alone, just because she says no to your evill proposal of befriend her, you want to arrest her

    • I am surprised Adelove you poblished this insult on PMB; it shows you do not censor comments before publishing. In the right sense, would our President by any means have engaged in such accusation? I expected your publication to be reasonable enough in being a judge in issues like this and determine if it was worth the trouble publishing it thereby giving the LARI Ekong opportunity to insult PMB. Shame on your publication.

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