Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is reportedly planning to relocate from the United Kingdom to the Commonwealth of Dominica.
According to a report by The Nation, Diezani, who is currently under investigation in the UK for alleged corruption while in office, has acquired the citizenship of Dominica.
The National Crime Agency (NCA), which has a case against Diezani, is said to be keeping close tabs on her, after making the discovery of her secret citizenship.
The report states that news of Diezani’s citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica, was disseminated by some anti-corruption and civil society groups in the UK.
The former Minister’s new citizenship was said to have been confirmed on May 29, 2015, through an approval letter by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit.
According to the letter, she was also appointed as the Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Republic, where she is expected to help in promoting and marketing the trade and investment opportunities of Dominica.
In her diplomatic passport, issued on May 21, the Dominican Government said Diezani should be allowed to “pass freely without let or hindrance and afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”
The Nation quotes a source privy to the discovery: “I think the NCA is suspecting that she acquired the citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica with the intent to relocate to this country. This has opened a fresh bend into our investigation.
“It is not impossible that she had planned to escape to Dominica ahead of the inauguration of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari because her appointment ought to be effective from June 1, 2016 for an initial period of three years.
“She has been placed under stricter surveillance in the light of the latest development.
“While the diplomatic aspect is being handled by the appropriate quarters, I can tell you that the NCA is collaborating with many agencies to bring her to account for any allegation against her.
“The NCA is conducting extensive investigation into the oil deals during the tenure of Diezani, irrespective of her ongoing treatment for cancer.”