‘UK’s probe of Diezani started 2 years ago’

It’s been revealed that the British National Crime Agency began the corruption investigation of former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, in 2013.

Diezani, who is the current President of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was arrested on Friday by the International Corruption Unit, which is an arm of the NCA.

She was apprehended in London as part of an investigation into suspected bribery and money laundering offences while serving as Minister.

Alison-Madueke was granted bail, hours after her arrest, but her passport was however, seized by the British authorities.

Subsequently, to shed some insight into Diezani’s arrest, the NCA pointed out on its website that the investigation started about two years ago.

“The investigation commenced in 2013 under the Proceeds of Corruption Unit, and transferred to the NCA earlier this year (2015).

The International Corruption Unit investigates bribery of foreign public officials by individuals or companies from the UK and money laundering by corrupt foreign officials and their associates.”

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