How the mighty keep falling. Just after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki appeared in court to face corruption charges, Diezani Alison-Madueke, ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources was arrested in London. One day after Nigerians celebrated our 55th Independence? c’mon.
Nigeria is becoming a pregnant woman in her third trimester, the hormones are all over the place and someone is about to pop. One moment we are celebrating, the next moment we are mourning and now we are ashamed, upset and confused at the same time.
The UK National Crimes Agency arrested the most recent Petroleum minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
According to Premium Times:
She was arrested for offences related to bribery, corruption and money laundering.Joseph Abuku, Press and Public Affairs Officer, said: “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 Crimes Agency.
Long before her stint in the oil and gas sector, Mrs. Alison-Madueke was investigated by the Nigerian Senate on allegation she paid N30.9 billion to contractors while she held office as transportation minister.In 2009, the Senate also indicted Mrs. Alison-Madueke and recommended her for prosecution for allegedly transferring N1.2 billion into a private account of a toll company without due process.Regardless of the mounting criticisms against her stewardship, Mrs. Alison-Maduke got elected in November 2014 as the first female president of oil cartel the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.