Indications have emerged that a former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, arrested and released in the United Kingdom, on Friday, on money laundering allegations, may be charged to court, this week.
Vanguard reports that the trial is expected to be conducted in London and is likely to draw thousands of Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom (UK) but no date was specified, last night, when the paper made contacts with the National Crime Agency (NCA), which arrested and released Diezani and four others on Friday.
Although the NCA is yet to reveal the identities of the suspect, an official of the agency told Vanguard in a telephone chat that the identities of all the suspects would only be unveiled at the point of charging them to court because the law establishing the NCA does not allow it to name those being investigated before charging them to court.
“Indeed we cannot name the five persons who were arrested and granted police conditional bail until we are ready to charge them to court.
“The law does not permit us to do so and we will release appropriate information to the media as the case progresses.”
But Vanguard learnt from sources close to the British government that the NCA might have concluded arrangements to arraign Diezani and other suspects believed to be mostly Nigerian oil business men, suspected to have aided and abetted money laundering while the former minister was in office.
One of the sources said the British Government started investigating Diezani as early as 2013 following sustained allegations of financial wrongdoings at home and abroad, leveled against her and some officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).