Online publication “Saharareporters.com” published this article on December 18, 2015, stating that “Embattled Ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is on the verge of leaving her present abode in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth of Dominica, where she has reportedly acquired citizenship. The report alleges she was plotting to flee to Dominica, to avoid arrest in the UK.
Mrs Alison-Madueke is under investigation in Britain for alleged corruption while in office. Investigators in the UK and Nigeria were shocked to discover that she had secretly acquired citizenship of the small Caribbean country of only 72,000 people.
But sources in the UK said the National Crime Agency (NCA) was monitoring her movement. It was learnt that the lid was blown open by some anti-corruption and civil society groups in the UK. Alison-Madueke’s new citizenship was confirmed in a May 29, 2015 approval letter by the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, according to a document one of the groups obtained.
The letter also claimed that the ex-Minister was appointed as the country’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Republic. Although the letter indicated that the appointment was without a salary package, she is expected to help in promoting and marketing Dominica as a trade and investment domicile.
In the diplomatic passport, DP0000445, 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.” Issued on May 21, 2015, the diplomatic passport is expected to expire on May 20, 2020.
The granting of citizenship to the ex-Minister, whose passport indicated she was born on 6th December, 1960 has attracted diplomatic concerns. “I think the NCA is suspecting that she acquired the citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica with the intent to relocate to this country. This has opened a fresh bend into our investigation,” a source said last night.
“It is not impossible that she had planned to escape to Dominica ahead of the inauguration of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, because her appointment ought to be effective from June 1, 2016, for an initial period of 3 years. “She is under stricter surveillance in the light of the latest development.
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