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Despite Rumoured Arraignment, Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke Is Yet To Appear In Court Over Any Offence

Journalists, and bloggers, who had thronged the Westminster Magistrates Court in London expecting to witness the rumoured arraignment of former Petroleum Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke, were disappointed as no such event took place.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke, who was invited to the Charing Cross Police Station last Friday, for questioning on suspicion of money laundering, was released on bail moments afterwards. She had been rumoured to have been charged with offences bordering on laundering billions of naira by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Most online news sources claimed to have sighted the former minister at the court, along with her mother, Mrs. Beatrice Agama. It all turned out to be hoax.

But a report monitored on BBC Africa Report said Mrs. Alison-Madueke has not yet been charged with any offence. According to the BBC Africa report, “we were told that Mrs. Alison- Madueke had appeared in court.

However, this has turned to be incorrect, and she did not attend”. The UNION understands that the former minister’s invitation to the Charing Cross Police Station was in continuation of an investigation into suspicion of alleged bribery and money laundering, said to have begun in 2013.

However, the BBC Africa Report indicated that the court had also made an order of seizure against the former minister.

According to the report, the court made an order authorizing the seizure of £27,000 belonging to the ex-minister. The money would be kept in Police custody for six months, The UNION was told.

The order, The UNION learnt, was made following an application to the effect by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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