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UK National Crime Agency Confirms Arrest of Diezani Allison-Madueke, Four Others

The National Crime Agency (NAC) of the United Kingdom has confirmed the arrest of four persons, including Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources Allison-Madueke, for international bribery and corruption.


A statement on NCA’s website revealed that the arrests were made by its newly formed International Corruption Unit.

An agent of the unit told our reporter on telephone that the five suspects are currently being processed but would not reveal their names, only saying there is a “Nigerian female”.

In Nigeria, SaharaReporters reported hours ago that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also swung into action, raiding and sealing the Abuja homes of Mrs. Alison-Madueke and her associate Jide Omokore, who was said to be out of Nigeria at the time of the raid, but whose whereabouts were unknown.  Arrests are expected in both the UK and Nigeria.

Earlier in the week, President Muhammad Buhari told SaharaTV in New York, where he participated in the 70th UN General Assembly, that the prosecution of high profile persons who engaged in the looting and laundering of billions of dollars in oil revenues during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan will soon begin. Buhari is reportedly enjoying the support of the UK, France and the US to track the stolen monies, and to arrest and prosecute suspects.