Former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani Alison-Madueke has contacted Nigerians, requesting their prayers following the bribery and corruption allegations brought against her by the United Kingdom National Crime Agency (NCDiezani Alison-Madueke Appeals for Prayers Amid Multi-Million Pound Bribery ChargesA). Alison-Madueke made the plea to members of the Nigerian community in the UK after a court hearing.
During the court hearing, Benedict Peters, a top lawyer who flew from Nigeria to represent Alison-Madueke, expressed his belief that the case against her was weak and would not hold up. Emeka Ozoani (SAN), another lawyer present at the court, criticized the NCA for spending several years investigating the case and questioned the justification for the use of taxpayers’ money.
Alison-Madueke is facing trial for allegedly accepting a £100,000 bribe from certain oil companies. She was granted bail by Michael Snow, the district judge at the Westminster Magistrates Court, who deemed her a flight risk. However, strict conditions were imposed on her, including an 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and the requirement to wear an electronic tag at all times.
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In 2015, Alison-Madueke, along with four other individuals, was detained in the UK on suspicion of bribery and money laundering. In August 2023, the NCA stated that they suspected Alison-Madueke of accepting bribes in exchange for awarding multi-million-pound oil and gas contracts. The agency alleged that she had received various luxury benefits, including cash, chauffeur-driven cars, private jet flights, family vacations, and the use of multiple London properties.
Diezani Alison-Madueke’s appeal for prayers amidst the multi-million-pound bribery charges brought against her by the UK’s National Crime Agency highlights the gravity of the allegations she faces. The ongoing court proceedings will determine the outcome of the case.
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