Alison Madueke,the Nigeria ex petroleum minister who was arrested in London,has been a subject of so many financial irregularity controversies long before her arrest by the UK crime agency.
What i just find amazing is why the Goodluck Jinathan administration will choose to appoint Madueke in such a sensitive position knowing of the controversies that have surrounded her in the past.Could it be because they think she will play ball cos of her past? Who knows,i find it all very peculiar.
Allison Madueke was first appointed into the federal cabinet in 2007. A former director at Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, she was appointed Minister of Transport
by late President Umaru Yar’adua. In December 2008, she was redeployed to the Mines and Steel Development ministry. After former Vice President Goodluck Jonathan became acting president, Alison-Madueke was appointed Nigeria’s first female petroleum minister in February 2010, a position she held till May 29, 2015 when Goodluck Jonathan left office. Madueke’s tenure as petroleum minister turned out one of Nigeria’s most controversial, amid unending allegations of corruption. Under her watch, dubious oil marketers stole trillions of naira of oil subsidy money.
Diezani retained her position after the House of Representatives investigated the scandal and indicted the minister. Probes by independent audit firms, including the KPMG and Pricewaterahousecoopers, confirmed billions of dollars of oil money were missing, the most notable being $20 billion in 2014. Other corruption allegations Long before her stint in the oil and gas sector, Alison was investigated by the Nigerian Senate on allegation she paid N30.9 billion to contractors while she held office as transport minister.
A breakdown of the money, showed that the sum of 500,000 Euros (N130 million) was spent every month on the maintenance of the airplane, which amounted to N3.120 billion for the two years in question.
The next few days will determine the next chapter in Diezani Alison Madueke's life,whether she will spend her next few years in a prison or will get back to her life and enjoy the good life she has been accustomed to .Nigerians wait in patience to see how it all unfolds.The Nigerian government ahs so far kept mum and not released no statement regarding Alison's arrest in London.So Nigerians are in a limbo as to whether the Nigerian government asked the UK to arrest Madueke or this was a step taken solely by the Brits.The ex petroleum minister is due at the charring cross police station,London on Monday.Maybe after that session we shall know more about the situation of things.
Meanwhile most Nigerians are excited about this arrest and hope there are many more to follow so as to Nigeria being free from corruption,enabling the country to move forward and realise its huge potential.