Operatives of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have raided the Abuja home of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, few hours after she was arrested in London.
EFCC agents arrived Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s palatial home, located in the Asokoro district of Abuja, and sealed the property Friday evening.
An Abuja resident, who witnessed the raid, said, “I just left the place. More and more of them (EFCC operatives) are arriving. Two Buses. Three hilux trucks and about five saloon cars. They are breaking something inside. May be doors.
“You can hear the noise. There are two uniformed operatives outside and two at the backyard. I saw also a man brought in in a black Toyota Corolla with a video camera and immediately started video recording from outside the gate and then went into the compound. I observed those operation for about three hours before I left.”
Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke was on Friday arrested in London.
The former minister, who was one of the most powerful officials of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, was arrested Friday morning alongside four other people by the UK National Crime Agency.
The identities of the four other people arrested along with her could not be immediately ascertained.
PREMIUM TIMES learnt she was arrested for offences related to bribery and corruption being investigated by the UK National Crime Agency.
Two top British officials in London have confirmed the development to this newspaper. They requested not to be named because they had no permission to speak on the issue.
More details later.