Met Police Claims No Record Of Allison Madueke’s Arrest But 5 In Police Net Over Bribes-Police in London have claimed that that they have no record of the arrest of the former Nigerian oil Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.
A police spokesman in London told Reuters News Agency that the Police have got no any case in hand on record that Madueke has been arrested.
Top media organisations and Social Media fora across the World on Friday went into frency after it emerged that an information had surfaced from Nigeria’s presidency that that the former NIgeria Oil Minister Madueke’s arrest had been arrested with claims that she had been released on bail and would re-appear on Monday.
She was said to have been arrested alongside four other Nigerians, in connection with bribery and corruption allegations.
The doubt over her arrest or reasons for her being picked up however was emerging as it surfaced on other forum that she was arrested over money laundering.
A police spokesman in London said he had no record of such an arrest. The National Crime Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But in a short statement on its website, the NCA said its International Corruption Unit had arrested five people across London on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences on Friday, without naming the suspects.
Nigerian media outlets, including Channels TV, said that Alison-Madueke had been granted bail after several hours in custody.
Reuters was unable to reach Alison-Madueke’s personal assistant or a lawyer representing her. She has previously denied to Reuters any wrongdoing when questioned about missing public funds and graft allegations.
In a sign that the arrest had been coordinated with Nigerian authorities, the financial crimes unit sealed one of Alison-Madueke’s houses in the upmarket Asokoro district in the capital Abuja, two security officials said.
Addition: Reuters News Agency