The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has disclosed that their agents began a corruption probe of Nigeria’s former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in 2013. The ongoing investigation led to the arrest two days ago of Mrs. Alison-Madueke, who has shuttled between the UK and a few European countries since her cabinet post came to an end with the electoral defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan. The former minister was released on bail after several hours of questioning, but UK authorities have confiscated her international passport to ensure she does not flee the country.
In a recent update on their website, the UK National Crime Agency revealed that they began investigating Mrs. Alison-Madueke under the auspices of the Proceeds of Crime Unit (POCU) of the London Metropolitan police.
The agency added that all four persons arrested across London with Mrs. Alison-Madueke were granted conditional police bail pending the outcome of ongoing investigations in the UK and abroad.
The update on the NCA website did not name the accused persons, but a source within the Nigerian Presidency told SaharaReporters that they believe some of the other suspects are Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s relatives who may have rendered one assistance or another to her in the laundering of significant amounts through UK banks and other financial institutions.