The government of United Kingdom has formally asked the Nigerian government for help in investigating corruption charges case involving former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, while she was in charge of the oil and gas sector between 2010 and 2015.
It was learnt that they also requested details of transactions relating to the investigations in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the National Petroleum Development Corporation (NPDC).
It would be recalled, Alison-Madueke was arrested by the British National Crime Agency (NCA) alongside four other people in London last Friday, but was granted bail after over five hours of questioning on Friday and Monday.
It was on Wednesday believed that most of the investigations so far centre around gifts-in-kind allegedly received by the former minister especially in the payments for rental accommodation in a London Flat in St John’s Wood area of London said to be occupied by the former minister, and several payments said to be for luxury cars while the then minister was in London by a number of oil traders who had contracts with Nigerian petroleum entities under her watch.
Further investigation from sources close to the UK’s financial crimes bursting units say the British authorities had formally requested for legal assistance of the Nigerian government to provide it with information on her bank statements, assets declaration, and other official records based on her activities while she was minister.
The request is similar to one made by the British authorities in previous cases involving politically exposed persons and is often written to the Attorney General of The Federation who determines what information to pass on.
Several sources further clarified that contrary to some media reports, the British authorities had not made a request to the Swiss Government for the arrest of Nigerian businessman, Mr. Kolawole Akanni Aluko.
Aluko who is currently being investigated as an alleged accessory in the allegations of corruption and money laundering against the then minister is said to be cooperating with the investigations.
A source close to the investigations explained that the British police had already raided his “family office” in London where a search warrant was served and executed, following which, Aluko’s lawyers made contact with the NCA investigating officers who said they would invite Mr. Aluko when needed.
“He is currently in Switzerland awaiting summons,” the sources said.