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Diezani: Mixed reactions trail arrest

Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke

former Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke

Mixed eactions have continued to trail the arrest of the former minister of petroleum resources of Nigeria, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.

She was arrested by the UK National Crime Agency, yesterday, October 2 on charges bordering on corruption and graft.

She was later in the day released on bail, according to TVC News.

After her release, her international passport was reportedly taken from her to prevent her possible flight from the UK.

Equally, sources say, Alison-Madueke is expected to return to the Charing Cross police station on Monday for further questioning.

While a complete record of the circumstances leading to her arrest is yet to be given, feelers are that Diezani was arrested for bribery and corruption offences which are currently being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.

Four other Nigerians were also arrested alongside Diezani by the British law enforcement agency.

The report said the British High Commission in Nigeria through its press and public affairs officer, Joseph Abuku, confirmed the arrest of some Nigerians by the UK agency.

“This morning, five people between the ages of 21 and 60 were arrested on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences. The crimes are being investigated by the National Crime Agency.

“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,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a statement released on its website, the agency confirmed the arrest of the former minister.

The statement issued to confirm the arrest read: “The National Crime Agency’s recently formed International Corruption Unit has arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences.”

Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions over the arrest of the embattled former petroleum minister, with some saying that it has been long overdue.

For Richgod Odeworitse, ‘she should as well drop our money before going to jail.’

Idowu Ogedengbe queries: ‘couldn’t this be witch hunting too?

On his part, Rotimi Ajanaku is not impressed: ‘we can’t get to the bottom. of things in Nigeria…flash in the pan part two…loading!!!’


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