Former Petroleum Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke has been arrested in London.
Allison-Madueke was arrested Friday morning by the UK National Crimes Agency, alongside four other people, Premium Times reports.
The agency announced the arrest on its official website.
The former minister who was one of the closest to President Goodluck Jonathan was arrested for offences related to bribery, corruption and money laundering. Reports say she laundered most of the funds with the help of two leading Nigerian banks.
Premium Times reports that two top British officials in London confirmed the development. It added that the British High Commission in Nigeria confirmed that some arrests were made on Friday but did not disclose the identities of those arrested.
“This morning, five people between the ages of 21 and 60 were arrested on suspicion of bribery and corruption offences. The crimes are being investigated by the National Crimes Agency.
“The National Crime Agency does not confirm identity at arrest nor provide information that could be used to corroborate the identity of an arrested individual,” Joseph Abuku, British High Commission’s Press and Public Affairs Officer, was quoted to have said.
Following news of Diezani’s arrest, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) reportedly stormed her residence in Abuja and recovered important documents that will help investigations into the alleged crimes.
Multiple anti-money laundering agencies across Europe are reportedly working with Nigeria on the investigation.