Contrary to the expectation of many that former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, would be in court today after reporting to the district police station on charges of bribery and corruption in the United Kingdom, she did not show up.
In fact, court officials said the matter was not listed for consideration today.
UK-based Nigerian journalist, Kayode Ogundamisi, who, along with other journalists kept watch outside the Charing Cross Police Station and Court 10, in anticipation of the ex-minister’s arrival, reported that “officials at West Minster Magistrate Court said they have not seen former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.”
“Only three cases listed for Court 10 at the Westminster Magistrate Court,” he stated on his Twitter handle.
“Diezani Alison-Madueke is not listed. Former Nigerian Oil Minister Alison-Madueke was never brought to Westminster Magistrate Court.
“There was an application made involving Diezani Alison-Madueke in Westminster Magistrate Court but she was not here.
“I got a final confirmation from the Westminster Magistrate Court 10. Court Clark just confirmed Alison-Madueke was not in court.”
It was still uncertain, at the time of filing this report, how the matter would proceed.
Alison-Madueke was arrested on Friday, October 2, 2015 in London on allegations of bribery and money laundering. She was granted bail and is expected to face prosecution soon at the hands of UK authorities