EFCC seizes passport of ex-Minister Diezani’s husband

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) om Wednesday grilled Rear Admiral Alison-Madueke, the husband of the embattled former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani.

 

It was also learnt that the anti-graft agency seized the traveling passport of Madueke in order to restrict his movement to Nigeria pending the conclusion of its ongoing investigation.
About two other ‘business associates’ of the ex-Minister were also said to be in EFCC’s custody’s last night.

The arrest was said to be in connection with the ongoing probe of the activities of the ex-Minister.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK arrested and quizzed  Diezani and four others on October 2, 2015 for alleged bribery and corruption and money laundering.

Also the EFCC has interrogated three to five more suspects since the invitation of Diezani by the NCA.

According to findings, the former Military Governor of Imo State, was grilled in connection with alleged money laundering following the screening of his accounts.

There were conflicting reports on the amount in question as at press time.

A top source in the commission said: “We have interrogated Rear Admiral Madueke as part of the ongoing probe of his wife, who was the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources.
“After interacting with him, he was granted administrative bail. But all his travelling documents are with us. Therefore, his movement has been restricted to the country pending the conclusion of this investigation.

“Certainly, we will still have another round of interaction with Madueke any moment from now.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The ongoing investigation of Diezani is extensive because of the sector she managed as a minister.”

Another source added: “Based on intelligence sharing with investigators in the UK, we interacted with Madueke and some business associates of the ex-Minister.

“We will release the details as may be necessary for public consumption because this investigation cuts across some countries.”

The National Crime Agency (NCA) had in October 2015 arrested Diezani and four others. 

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