Former Nigerian petroleum minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been changed by the United Kingdom over alleged bribe of £100,000.
Dockaysworld learnt that the charges came after an investigation by the country’s National Crime Agency.
Diezani Alison-Madueke, aged 63, who also served as president of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), was a key figure in the Nigerian government between 2010 and 2015.
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She was plagued with numerous corruption charges and allegations but had eventually avoided majority of them.
The NCA suspects she accepted bribes during her time as Minister for Petroleum Resources, in exchange for awarding multi-million pound oil and gas contracts.
She is alleged to have benefitted from at least £100,000 in cash, chauffeur driven cars, flights on private jets, luxury holidays for her family, and the use of multiple London properties.
Her charges also detail financial rewards including furniture, renovation work and staff for the properties, payment of private school fees, and gifts from high-end designer shops such as Cartier jewellery and Louis Vuitton goods.
Madueke, who currently lives in St John’s Wood, London, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 2 October.
Andy Kelly, Head of the NCA’s International Corruption Unit (ICU), said:
“We suspect Diezani Alison-Madueke abused her power in Nigeria and accepted financial rewards for awarding multi-million pound contracts.
“These charges are a milestone in what has been a thorough and complex international investigation.
“Bribery is a pervasive form of corruption, which enables serious criminality and can have devastating consequences for developing countries. We will continue to work with partners here and overseas to tackle the threat.”