A statement released by the lawyer of Diezani Alison-Madueke, has given much insight into the family of the former Petroleum Minister.
Ever since Diezani got arrested by the UK National Crimes Agency, several rumours have swirling through the grapevine and news sites about her family.
To set the record straight, the family’s lawyer, Oscar Onwudiwe, had on Wednesday released a revealing statement.
From this release, we learned a few things.
1. Diezani was never arrested
“This may be because they know the stories are false but it feeds the mood of the moment; hence, the silence from Diezani all along. It is worth emphasising that Mrs Alison-Madueke was never arrested or detained and her passport was never seized. She was merely invited, and she honoured it promptly.
But there is a limit to how much any reasonable person can bear the tactics of these cyber terrorists. We all know that what makes a lie fly is the little truth contained therein. This happens to be the weapon used by most online news media to feed their weird obsession with defaming highly placed people.”
2. Diezani’s nephew, Ugonna Madueke, isn’t living large
“The USA is a country which runs on transparency, accountability and technology. A little honest effort by the online news media would have provided in a few minutes the true ownership of the properties at issue.
As a student of the University of Maryland in 2002, Ugonna stayed with his uncle at the said address. All of this was before Mrs. Diezani was appointed to government office.”
“It is evident that what the online news media did was to turn on an internet search engine and maliciously reported that every property where Ugonna Madueke has ever lived in the United States or used as his address must belong to him. The description of the properties as posh was the icing on the propaganda cake. This is not only unprofessional, as it offends the tenets of journalism, it is clearly not in resonance with good conscience.”
3. Diezani’s mother, Beatrice Agama has a broken femur
“She has been staying in a rented two-bedroom flat from where she is receiving medical attention for a broken femur.
4. Diezani’s brother, Timi Agama has lived in the UK for decades with a house
Her son, Timi Agama, who has been living in the UK for decades, used to have a house in the UK long before his sister was appointed to government and he sold it long ago. Since then, he has no house in the UK.
5. Archbishop Agama is successful
Archbishop Doye Agama of the Apostolic Pastoral Congress in Manchester, who is in his 60s, is a successful professional and consultant well known amongst his peers, but he does not own Unit 8 Quebec Building in Manchester which the online newspaper ascribed to him,” Onwudiwe explained.
6. Diezani isn’t trying to buy a house in Hyde Park
“For a whooping amount which embarrassingly ranges from £12.5 million sterling to £13 billion sterling. This claim is utterly false and laughable, for the amounts mentioned are only in the imagination of the reporters. This property is quite popular. It belongs to a well-known eminently successful Nigerian entrepreneur who would also find this allegation embarrassing as the intention to sell the property has neither been contemplated nor disclosed to any person.
7. Diezani has cancer
“Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has been receiving treatment for cancer in the UK which started while she was in office. The health crisis has unfortunately exacerbated in recent times. She completed months of chemotherapy just last week and she is scheduled to undergo surgery next week in London. The family has been bearing this challenge with prayers and as much grace and fortitude as possible; and would plead with all reasonable Nigerians to pray for her recovery so that she can face this allegation and give account of her stewardship. Yes, she can—and very well, too.”