The Former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Thursday January 21, was granted bail by the British Police Authorities after she appeared before an investigative hearing at the Charing Cross Police Station in London as part of the investigation into an alleged money laundering offence. A source has confirmed this to Television Continental, TVC.
She was granted bail on the same condition given earlier and her case was adjourned to June 21, 2016.
Recall that in October 2015, the first female president of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, was arrested by the United Kingdom, UK, National Crimes Agency, alongside four others.
She was accused of fraud and money laundering in the United Kingdom using a network of relatives and businessmen.
According to sources, the delay by the UK investigative body could be a reflection that nothing yet has been found against the former minister, hence the continuous adjournment of her case.
Earlier, during an exclusive interview with the foremost Nigerian Journalist, Dele Momodu, the former minister vehemently denied being part of any fraud and corruption during her tenure as the Minister of Petroleum Resources under former president Goodluck Jonathan, adding that she is only being hunted by her adversaries.
“I’m certainly not a demon as being portrayed. I have no doubt that I served my nation well, the reason my colleagues at OPEC supported me despite the opposition from my own people,”
She also denied claims that some $20bn oil revenue was missing under her watch and challenged anyone with hard facts to come forth.
This claim infuriated her. “How can $20billion disappear just like that? Where did it disappear to? Is it possible that such an amount would not be traceable?
Diezani also said she is not the person most people portrayed her to be. “I’m certainly not a demon as being portrayed. I have no doubt that I served my nation well, the reason my colleagues at OPEC supported me despite the opposition from my own people,” She stated