UK Crime Agency Seizes £27,000 From Diezani Alison-Madueke

Former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison Madueke
Former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison Madueke

The British National Crime Agency, NCA, may have seized £27,000 from the former petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Maduekue, when she was arrested on Friday, the has learnt.

The NCA seized the money from the former oil minister under Section 295 of Proceeds of Crime Act and has applied to a court to detain the cash until April 5, 2016.

The application was made at Court 10 of the Westminster Magistrates Court at about 10 am on Monday.



    From all indication, the money must hast have been seized from Alison Madueke on Friday as the agency by law has to apply to a court for a cash seizure or forfeiture within 48 hours after its discovery.

    Alison Madueke was arrested with four other persons whose identities are still unknown on Friday by the NCA for bribery and money laundering. The NCA has said that it has been investigating the former minister since 2013.

    Although she was later released on bail on Friday, Alison Madueke is expected to report to the NCA on Monday. Checks in London courts indicate that she has not yet been charged yet. It also not known what charges would be brought against her.

    Following her arrest, it was gathered that operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have already moved in to seal her properties in Lagos and Abuja.

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