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Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Diezani, siblings to face trial in UK for alleged bribery, money laundering
Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, is to be arraigned in London with her brothers for alleged bribery and money laundering, it was learnt yesterday.
Investigations showed that she was arrested with her brothers Abiye Agama and Somye Agama.
They are directors of Hadley Petroleum Solutions Limited, a company the authorities believe to have been used for money laundering. The other directors are Ugonna Madueke and Abu Fari.
The company was registered in June 2013 in Manchester, but was dissolved less than two years later in February this year without filing any account.
Abiye, 33, a point man of the firm, is a computer engineer and manager. He was a director in 11 other companies. He resigned from seven of them.
The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) last week arrested Mrs Alison-Madueke and five others as part of the investigation into allegations of bribery and money laundering. They were granted bail.
It could not be ascertained why the former minister was not arraigned.
But she had previously denied any wrongdoing when it was alleged that $20 billon of oil money had gone missing when she was in office between 2010 and 2015
However, a London (Westminster Magistrate’s Court) on Marylebone Road yesterday approved the seizure of $41,000 (£27,000) cash from her.
The seizure of the cash followed an application brought by the NCA under the Proceeds of Crime Act in the UK.
The court ruled that the money can be held for six months.