The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has commended the arraignment of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, United Kingdom, where she faces charges of bribery related to oil and gas contracts.
Alison-Madueke appeared before the judges in London, and District Judge Michael Snow granted her bail of £70,000, subject to stringent conditions including the use of an electronic tag, an overnight curfew, and a £70,000 surety.
During her appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court, Alison-Madueke provided personal information, including her name, date of birth, and address, though she did not formally enter a plea. Her attorney, Mark Bowen, indicated her intention to plead not guilty.
This marks the second instance of a prominent Nigerian politician facing legal action in the United Kingdom in recent years. The previous case involved James Ibori, a former state governor, who received a 13-year prison sentence in 2012 for fraud and money laundering.
In response to Alison-Madueke’s court appearance, the anti-corruption agency revealed via its official social media account that they had secured an arrest warrant and initiated extradition proceedings against her.
EFCC PRESS STATEMENT
EFCC Hails Arraignment of Diezani in London Court
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, welcomes, with keen interest, the arraignment of a former Minister of petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke at the Westminister’s Court in London,… pic.twitter.com/R3ag8d5pX4
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) October 2, 2023