Diezani Madueke Released On Bail, As EFCC Swoops On Her House In Abuja
Ex-minister of petroleum, Deziani Alison-Madueke who was arrested in London on Friday, October 2, has been released on bail.
After being detained for hours, report said she was granted bail. But the London Police have confirmed that the former minister would be charged to court for money laundering.
Alison-Madueke was arrested in London on Friday along with four other persons in relation to corruption allegations being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.
But just as Madueke was been held in London, Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on carried out a search on the Asokoro, Abuja, residence of the ex-minister.
Premium Times reports that the agency invaded the former minister’s Asokoro district home a few hours ago and placed the property under lock and key – with EFCC ‘Restrained’ sticker hanging on the walls of the property.
The search on her house sources said is part of a multinational investigation of the former minister of petroleum resources.
Sources said the operations is being coordinated with several international agencies because of the “sensitive” nature of the investigation.
It was gathered that the EFCC made “significant recovery” of documents at the Abuja home of the former minister.
“The raid on her Asokoro residence today (Friday) yielded vital information that will help in the prosecution of the case,” a source said.
“Many agencies across several countries are involved in this investigation. Anti-money laundering agencies in Austria, France, Switzerland, Nigeria and UK are working together on it.”
“Many suspects are hoping that they will capitalise on the weak nature of the country’s judiciary to frustrate the anti-corruption war,” one of the sources said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t reckon with the fact that they can also be prosecuted in other countries where they may have laundered the looted funds.
“The former governor of Delta state (James Ibori) could not be tried successfully in Nigeria but he was prosecuted and jailed in the UK mainly on the evidence provided by Nigeria. This is a warning signal to those who think they can get away by manipulating the Nigerian judiciary.”