Saturday, 19 December 2015

Diezani allegedly plotted to flee to the Commonwealth of Dominica before her UK arrest

Former Nigeria Petroleum  Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, had plans to leave the UK for the Commonwealth of Dominica where she has reportedly acquired citizenship. This was made known by some anti-corruption and civil society groups in the UK.

Investigators in the UK and Nigeria were said to be shocked that she had secretly acquired the citizenship of the small Caribbean country of only 72,000 people. Her new citizenship was confirmed in a May 29, 2015 approval letter by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit.

The letter claimed that Diezani has been appointed that country’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Republic. Although the letter indicated that the appointment was without salary package, she is expected to help in promoting and marketing Dominica as a trade and investment domicile.

In the diplomatic passport, DP0000445, issued on May 21, 2015, and expected to expire on May 20, 2020, the Dominican Government said Diezani should be allowed to “pass freely without let or hindrance and afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.”

The granting of citizenship to Diezani has attracted diplomatic concerns. Last night, a source at National Crime Agency (NCA), UK, told SR that: “I think the NCA is suspecting that she acquired the citizenship with the intent to relocate to the country."

"This has opened a fresh bend into our investigation. It is not impossible that she had planned to escape to Dominica ahead of the inauguration of the administration of Pres. Buhari because her appointment ought to be effective from June 1, 2016 for an initial period of 3 years."
"She has been placed under stricter surveillance in the light of the latest development. While the diplomatic aspect is being handled by the appropriate quarters, I can tell you that the NCA is collaborating with many agencies to bring her to account for any allegation against her.”