The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) has disclosed that investigation into activities of Nigeria’s former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, started back in 2013.
The past minister was arrested on October 2 in London over bribery and corruption allegations and was further that day released on bail. Diezani was obligated to return to the Charing Cross police station on Monday for further questioning.
On Saturday the Agency provided some more details on the matter. The statement on the NCA website reads:
“On Friday 2nd October, the National Crime Agency’s recently formed International Corruption Unit arrested five people across London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences.
“All five people arrested were released on conditional police bail later that evening, pending further investigation both in the UK and overseas.
“The investigation commenced in 2013 under the Proceeds of Corruption Unit, and transferred to the NCA earlier this year.”
Premium Times has learnt that Diezani’s travelling documents, so as the ones of four other Nigerians arrested alongside, were seized.
It should be recalled that hours after the reported arrest the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission raided her Abuja house and sealed the property.