Former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who has been in the news in recent months over allegations of massive corruption in the nation’s oil and gas industry is in the news again. This time, the Queen sings! And what a high key she decides to sing in!
Following calls by civil society groups for her extradition from the United Kingdom in order to face trial in Nigeria, as well as efforts by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to bring her to book, the Ex-minister has began to spill the beans.
Wielding so much influence and power, Mrs Alison-Madueke had made many rich through her strategic office. While presiding over the country’s oil industry, she elevated a number of mean men from humble entrepreneurs to overnight billionaires.
Sadly, most of these friends and associates whom she helped make, seemed to have abandoned her to her fate in her most trying times. Angered by this and determined to not go down alone but sink the entire ship, Alison-Madueke has decided to leak implicating information about these associates.
As the EFCC closes in on investigations in her corruption case, the ex-oil queen now sings unrehearsed tunes that may implicate several billionaire associates, former governors, bankers and friends.
Deserted by most of her highly placed friends and associates, most of whom were said to have stopped taking her calls, she started revealing their identities, implicating many of the bank chiefs and oil magnates that were involved in certain deals with her.
A few days back, reports had it that several bank chief executives, including those of Fidelity Bank, Access Bank, Zenith Bank, First Bank and Sterling Bank were invited by the EFCC for questioning over fraud related charges and for allegedly receiving $115million from former the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Alison-Madueke.
The funds were said to have been used to bribe officials of INEC to ensure victory for former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections. The last has not been heard of this story, as more revelations and names are likely to be implicated by Diezani Alison-Madueke.