The British police have charged Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke with bribery offenses related to the alleged acceptance of bribes in exchange for awarding lucrative oil and gas contracts, according to a report by Reuters.
The UK police announced on Tuesday that they suspected the 63-year-old former minister of having accepted financial inducements to grant multi-million-pound contracts.
Diezani Alison-Madueke served as Nigeria’s Minister of Petroleum during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan, from 2010 to 2015.
Notably, she also held the position of President of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
The Head of the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) International Corruption Unit, Andy Kelly commented on the charges, stating, “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’s charges against Diezani Alison-Madueke allege that she benefitted from various perks, including over £100,000 in cash, chauffeur-driven cars, private jet flights, luxury vacations for her family, and the utilization of multiple London properties.
In addition to these benefits, the charges also detail financial rewards such as furnishing, renovation work, property staff payments, private school tuition fees, and gifts from high-end designer establishments, including Cartier jewelry and Louis Vuitton merchandise.
The charges against the former minister come as a result of an extensive international investigation, reflecting a significant development in the case.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; email@example.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)