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Bribery Allegation: UK court adjourns hearing on Diezani’s case to 2025

The Westminster Magistrates Court in the United Kingdom on Monday adjourned the hearing on the alleged £100,000 bribery suit involving Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke to November 2025.

Alison-Madueke appeared before the Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday, October 2, 2023, after being charged with bribery offences amounting to £100,000 following a National Crime Agency investigation.

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She was, however, granted bail by the District Judge, Michael Snow, who imposed some other conditions on her after considering her ‘a flight risk’.

The 63-year-old who also served as president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, was a key figure in the Nigerian government between 2010 and 2015.

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The NCA suspects she accepted bribes during her time as Minister for Petroleum Resources in exchange for awarding multimillion-pound oil and gas contracts.

Assets worth millions of pounds relating to the alleged offences have already been frozen as part of the ongoing investigation.

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In March of this year, the NCA also provided evidence to the US Department of Justice that enabled them to recover assets totalling $53.1 million linked to Alison-Madueke’s alleged corruption.

She is alleged to have benefited from at least £100,000 in cash, chauffeur-driven cars, flights on private jets, luxury holidays for her family, and the use of multiple London properties.


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