Diezani Alison-Madueke Charged with Bribery in the United Kingdom
Former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has been charged with bribery offences by the British police.
On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (NCA) announced that Alison-Madueke had been charged with bribery offences connected to her service as Nigeria’s oil minister from 2010 to 2015.
Andy Kelly, Head of the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) International Corruption Unit, commented on the charges, saying, “We suspect Diezani Alison-Madueke abused her power in Nigeria and accepted financial rewards for awarding multi-million-pound contracts.
“These charges are a milestone in what has been a thorough and complex international investigation.”
The NCA claimed that the former minister received at least £100,000 ($127,000) in cash, chauffeured cars, private jet flights, luxury vacations for her family, and the use of various London apartments.
“Bribery is a pervasive form of corruption that facilitates serious criminality and can have disastrous consequences for developing countries,” Kelly explained.
“These charges are a significant milestone in what has been a thorough and complex international investigation,” he continued.
According to Reuters, the charges against Alison-Madueke include financial rewards such as furnishings, restoration work, and personnel for the residences, payment of private school fees, and gifts from high-end designer shops such as Cartier jewellery and Louis Vuitton products.
The UK National Crime Agency said Alison-Madueke will appear in court on October 2, 2023.
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