The Presidency has technically declined to comment of the latest ordeal of a former minister of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke, who was reportedly arrested in London on Friday, October 2.
The newly formed worldwide Corruption Unit of UK National Crime Agency arrested her alongside four other persons in London.
The former Petroleum Minister, who has been outside Nigeria since the end of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in May 2015, was said to have been picked up by the Agency’s operatives in connection with offences relating to fraud and bribery.
“The National Crime Agency does not confirm identity at arrest nor provide information that could be used to corroborate the identity of an arrested individual”.
I t could not be confirmed if the arrests were based on the request of the Nigerian government.
This is coming a day after President Muhamadu Buhari’s in his Independence speech said, “We are not after anyone”. She retained her position after the House of Representatives investigated the scandal and indicted the minister.
There were reports that Omokore’s 9 Turnbull Street home in Ikoyi, was raided by EFCC operatives.
“Yes the police played a role in the arrest of the former petroleum minister and we are making collaborative moves to extradite her into the country to face charges of corrupt enrichment and money laundering”, the source said. Another source said the anti-graft agency would issue an official statement on the arrests “as soon as it is ready to do so”.
Buhari took workplace in May promising to root out corruption in Africa’s most populous nation the place few profit from the nation’s monumental power assets.