Reports according to Sahara reporters have it that the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, was arrested in London on Friday, October 2, 2015.
The former minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arrested Friday morning alongside four other people by the UK National Crime Agency.
The identities of the four other people arrested along with her could not be immediately ascertained.
It was learnt that she was arrested for offences related to bribery and corruption being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency as confirmed by two top British officials.
According to other reports, the British High Commission in Nigeria Press and Public Affairs Officer, Joseph Abuku confirmed the arrests but declined to disclose the identities of those involved.
His words “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 Crime Agency.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on September 27 hinted that those who misappropriated billions of naira belonging to Nigeria’s state oil company NNPC, would soon be prosecuted. It is not clear whether the former minister was arrested based on any request from the Nigerian government
Mrs. Alison-Madueke has since been in the storm of corruption battles many of which were staged in the National Assembly chambers and in Nigerian courts. After the April General Elections, it was reported by Sahara reporters that she was undergoing breast cancer treatment in a London hospital which required a daily therapy.
She has been away from Nigeria since that May 23 flight aboard British Airways alongside Pres. Muhammadu Buhari who was enroute London.
Diezani K. Agama was born on December 6, 1960 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria into family of Chief Frederick Abiye Agama. She studied architecture in England and then at Howard University in the United States of America. She returned to Nigeria to join Shell Petroleum Development Corporation that from where she rose to become an Executive Director in Nigeria. She is married to retired Admiral Allison Madueke, former Chief of Naval Staff who was at various times military governor of Imo and Anambra State.
Alison-Madueke has as a woman made so many firsts in life. Aside being the first female Minister of Transportation, Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria, she also has had the priviledge of being the first woman to be appointed to the board of Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria as well as the first elected female President of OPEC. She may become the first Nigerian Female public officer to go to Jail.